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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.

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?


Child's drawing of a horse
Sam Donoghue / 22 April 2016

Two things I learned this Sunday

You never stop learning on the job, no matter how much experience you have. Sam Donoghue reflects on two things he discovered when he led the children’s work in his church last Sunday.


Chinese Dragon
Sam Donoghue / 4 March 2016

True? Or truer than true?

How would we describe ‘truth’ in a biblical sense? Does the truth in the Bible depend on every single detail being provable fact, or is there something deeper we should be looking for?


Liverpool Street station interior crowd
Sam Donoghue / 29 January 2016

Fight on a train

An altercation in a queue led Sam Donoghue to reflect on how much we talk about ‘I’ and ‘me’ with regards to faith and fail to see the bigger picture. How we can have a more community approach?


Notice board with the message "Know the Rules" pinned to it.
Sam Donoghue / 4 December 2015

Rules, and how not to have them

Do rules in children’s groups turn a community into a school class? If we don’t have explicit and visible rules, how will children understand the ethos of our group? Sam Donoghue explores the issue.


Pumpkins on top of autumn leaves and berries
Sam Donoghue / 16 October 2015

Happy Halloween?!

How do we help children engage with the celebrations of Halloween? Should we help children engage with them, or give everything a wide berth? Sam Donoghue highlights a resource to help you out.


Hand raised in an act of worship
Sam Donoghue / 9 October 2015

All together now

The congregation itself – the friend-makers, inviters and ‘have-a-goers’ – is the key to a great all-age service, argues Sam Donoghue.


Young people in a coffee shop looking really happy. Probably not like real children's workers look, but we found this stock photo amusing
Sam Donoghue / 18 September 2015

How to keep this going

As the euphoria of summer ebbs away, how can we avoid getting stuck in ruts that have trapped us in previous years? Sam Donoghue explores some useful strategies for coping with things that bug you.


Summer balloons held by children
Sam Donoghue / 23 July 2015

School’s out (but just for the summer)

The children’s and youth blogs are about to take their own little summer holiday, but before they do Sam Donoghue has some final words. (Don’t worry, they’ll be back in September!)


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