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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.

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.

OMGosh text message
Sam Donoghue / 21 October 2016


Sam Donoghue had an ‘eventful’ time the last time he led the children’s work at his church. Here he reviews what went wrong and what he can do to improve things for next time.

Sam at Disneyland Paris
Sam Donoghue / 14 October 2016

Learning from Mickey

On his recent visit to Disneyland Paris, Sam Donoghue encountered a story-based, child-focused mindset that can teach us much in our children’s work. And Sully. He met Sully too.

Commentary on youth work can be great, as well as bad.
Sam Donoghue / 29 September 2016

A positive chat

‘Can I have a quick word about the children’s work?’ This question can make our hearts sink, if followed by criticism, veiled or otherwise. But Sam Donoghue had a completely different conversation!

Teenagers celebrating at a party
Sam Donoghue / 9 September 2016

When things go right!

When things go wrong, we stop to analyse and review as to why. But when things go right, too often we just breathe a sigh of relief and move on.

Exasperated woman in a polka dot dress
Sam Donoghue / 22 July 2016

When things unravel

Have you ever had that sinking feeling that your beautifully planned session is going south, and fast? Sam Donoghue has some simple steps you can take to stop things from collapsing all together.

Illustration of communion chalice and wafer
Sam Donoghue / 6 May 2016

Children and ritual

Children’s spirituality is based on ritual. Children love to do the same things to bring themselves closer to God. So why do we constantly try to change things?

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