Authentic. Innovative. Alive.

We are ordinary people who try not to take ourselves too seriously. Come and join us!   We gather casually, engage the world passionately, and support each other in spite of our shortcomings. As a community, we do our best to keep God and our neighbor at the center of who we are and what we do. We try not to get stuck in what the “right” or the “wrong” way is to do church. We are just doing it!

In a lot of ways River of Joy is back-to-the-basics traditional, and in other ways you might say we are cutting edge. Mostly, we are just a collection of people from Prior Lake, Credit River, Lakeville, Savage, and Shakopee (MN) who are making a go of life together with Jesus as a model for living. Read More

Recent News

  • heatherlyn and ben johnson concert- Fri Feb 21stJanuary 7, 2014, 11:16 am

    We are thrilled to announce the collaboration of two amazing artists.  Singer/songwriter Heatherlyn has long been worship leader and creative inspiration for River of Joy.  She is teaming up for this evening concert at St. Mary Magdalene with Ben Johnson, an artist who has graced the stage of the Minnesota Opera and the Chanhassen Dinner […]

  • SMMLC silent auction and spaghetti dinner- Jan 26thJanuary 7, 2014, 9:43 am

    Event Date: January 26, 2014 Time: 5:00 pm Location: St. Mary Magdalene’s second annual silent auction and spaghetti dinner will be held on Sunday January 26.  The auction will begin at 4PM and closes at 7PM.  A delicious meal will be served from 5-6:30PM.  All proceeds will go to support our efforts in engaging and […]

  • Christmas loaves and fishes Dec 19thDecember 12, 2013, 9:24 am

    It is that wonderful time of the year when we ramp up to provide a holiday meal for 250 of our beloved friends at Loaves and Fishes.  We will need lots of volunteers so contact Theresa Bergum or Suzanne Wood to sign up to cook, setup, serve, clean up, or provide hospitality. If you would […]