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Sam Donoghue

About Sam Donoghue

Sam Donoghue is Head of Children and Youth for the Diocese of London, a keen cyclist and a supporter of Everton FC.

Reflections on A Nazareth Manifesto
Sam Donoghue / 11 December 2018

A Nazareth Manifesto

Sam Donoghue shares what he learnt from reading A Nazareth Manifesto by Samuel Wells, and how we explore Christmas with our groups.

The importance of games and how they can help to build community.
Sam Donoghue / 26 September 2018

Are we having fun?

Sam Donoghue explores the importance of games in a session and how they can help to build community.

Sam Donoghue / 21 February 2018

Family ministry and faith communities

It sets us up to fail if we think that an hour on Sunday is going to cut it for a child growing up in a world where the Christian faith is just one of a few equally valid options from which they can choose.

Sam Donoghue / 18 January 2018

Are you are a gatekeeper or permission giver?

Sam Donoghue asks whether youth ministers tend to try to ingratiate themselves, rather than engage, with young people.

The new youth ministry course being launched with the Bishop of Kensington.
Sam Donoghue / 29 November 2017

New Youth Ministry Course Launches for Clergy

Sam Donoghue discusses the new youth ministry course that is being offered in Kensington Area, with the hope of rolling it out to other areas of the Diocese.

Noisy children are a foretaste of the new Jerusalem.
Sam Donoghue / 4 October 2017

Noisy children

Sam Donoghue witnesses noisy children in church and how it might be a foretaste of the new Jerusalem that echoes to the sounds of kids playing and having fun.

Irritated young woman standing with arms folded
Sam Donoghue / 24 April 2017

What if it goes well?

Have you ever had a ministry succeed beyond your wildest expectations, only to be met with doubt and negativity from your church leadership? You can learn from that and work together on success.

Young woman shrugging shoulders
Sam Donoghue / 17 March 2017

The joy of ‘I don’t know’

Sometimes it can feel like, as children’s and youth workers, we have to know all the answers. But saying ‘I don’t know’ could be one of the most powerful, faith-formational things you could say.

Portrait Of Two Retired Senior Female Friends Sitting On Sofa
Sam Donoghue / 17 January 2017

Nanna Val

We all have an image of what a youth worker looks like, but you’re unlikely to bring to mind someone like Nanna Val, an 82-year-old woman making a difference in young people’s lives.

Naughty child with fist raised
Sam Donoghue / 18 November 2016

First session back

The last time Sam led children’s work in his church, it was a bit of a disaster. So, when he was next due to lead, he knew he had to approach things differently. Here’s how he got on.

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