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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.

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Sam Donoghue / 22 April 2015

The start of something good: youth ministry blog

Sam Donoghue sets out some of the plans for the youth ministry blog and youth support: the first fruits of our efforts to build a network of youth workers in the Diocese.

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Sam Donoghue / 3 April 2015

Who inspired Sam Donoghue? Someone who just gave him time

Sam Donoghue talks about ‘Pete’, who was a major influence in his life.

Sam Donoghue / 9 January 2015

Good to great

In the follow-up to his last post, ‘OK to good’, Sam Donoghue thinks through what it takes to go from good children’s work to great children’s work. Is that possible on our own, or do we need the church’s help?

Sam Donoghue / 5 December 2014

OK to good

Sam Donoghue recently wrote a ridiculous sentence about children’s ministry. He said, ‘The problem with children’s work is that it’s easy to do an OK job, but really hard to do a good one. Therefore we tend to settle for OK, as we know that people probably won’t notice.’ What do you think?

Sam Donoghue / 7 November 2014


Sam Donoghue explores the meaning behind this long word: how do we help children get to know the culture and practices of church life? Indeed, should we, if the way we do church might need to change? Sam comes up with some questions for discussion.

Sam Donoghue / 1 July 2014

Picture perfect: visual aids in storytelling

Visual aids are a really powerful tool to use around children. If you want a child to remember something, giving a visual ‘hook’ to hang the information on really helps. But how often does the story we’re telling become an elaborate visual aid too? Jesus’ stories are full of depth and meaning, but sometimes we can strip them back so much that they are merely an illustration for the point we want to make. Is this the best way to help children connect with God?

Sam Donoghue / 17 January 2014

How do children become Christians?

What should conversion in a child look like? Sam Donoghue wonders about some thoughts from Andrew Smee.

Sam Donoghue / 13 January 2014

Messy Church comes to London

As part of our Capital Vision initiatives we can announce a new partnership with Messy Church.

Sam Donoghue / 11 December 2013

Messy Church has hospitality as a core value, but should that always be one way?

It’s easy to forget that hospitality is about giving and receiving. Sam Donoghue explores this around Messy Church and Children’s Ministry.

Sam Donoghue / 3 December 2013

Remaining distinctively Christian whilst connecting with children and families of other faiths

A report from a conference entitled ‘Remaining distinctively Christian whilst connecting with children/families of other faiths’ run by CURBS.

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