good friday & Easter

Good Friday Reflection: Join us for scripture reading and meditation on the beach @ 5pm

*Bring a chair/beach towel/blanket and a mask.

Stations of the Cross: Listen to the guided recording (here) as you walk through the stations at St. John Fisher Church (5448 Crest Rd, RPV, 90275)

The Witness: Watch the special service from last year with our dear Janie Calvert. Listen to beautiful music, share communion, and view a dramatic performance of the Roman Centurion who witnessed the crucifixion of Christ. The Witness is a moment to quiet your heart and reflect on God’s powerful love. Watch here.

Easter Celebration: Join us as we celebrate the resurrected Christ during our regular service hours, 8:30am on Torrance Beach & 10:30am at the Norris Pavilion

*View our service page for more info on service locations, here.

every moment holy

In the midst of the current upheaval in our routines and rhythms it 's easy to feel out of sync with God. What if we could meet together, in a physically-distanced group of five or ten people, look one another in the eye, say a prayer, and be reminded that God is still at work in our lives and the world? We've been introduced to a beautiful book called, Every Moment Holy, containing a plethora of helpful readings and prayers—they're actually called liturgies. What if we met at a designated spot, spent 15-20 minutes together with our prayer, then broke off in one’s or two’s for a walk and conversation, or you just went back to your day? Short, simple, and God-directed, to keep us on track.

Please register by clicking on the details button for the meet up you'd like to attend

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Bible Study

Moms of Young Children - A Bible study group for women with young children. 

A very relational and  intimate gathering, with Biblical discussion, including  20-25 moms! Childcare is provided for a minimal fee. Enjoy passionate teaching on marriage, family, parenting, getting to the heart of your child, thankfulness, friendships, the joy of the Lord and much more. We are excited to guide you in biblical discipline and honoring relationships that will transform your marriage and your home. Content from this course is taken from Shepherding Your Child's Heart by Ted Tripp and 24/7 a class taught by Chelsea Cameron.

This course will span 22 weeks beginning October 3rd through April 30th, with breaks corresponding to school schedules. Please see calendar for exact dates.

We will start teaching promptly at 9:45am. Feel free to come early to mingle and get to know other moms. Coffee will be ready at 9:15am.

Please register below and be sure to sign-up for a date to bring snacks using the snack link below.

When & Where:

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00 am

Nancy Keating's home - 4137 Via Solano, PVE 90274.

Contact: Aimee Goeppner

**Please register here.

**Please sign-up to bring snacks here.

The book of james

Faith for the Average Guy in the Midst of a Fire Storm

Wednesday Nights 5-5:30pm

Let’s gather on Wednesday nights, through the end of May, to pray and read God’s word. Maybe this crisis (pandemic) we are facing right now is God’s way of getting our attention. He wants to speak to us if we are willing to listen. We need God’s perspective now more than ever. James is the perfect section of Scripture to read. God will challenge the foundation of your faith, the purity of your faith, and the strength of your faith in Him. Join us. 


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Meeting ID: 384 412 006

Lent Devotional

Lent is the time between Ash Wednesday, February 26, and Easter, and has often been observed and practiced as a time for introspection, prayer, and even fasting. As Jesus moved through his ministry and turned his focus toward traveling to Jerusalem and the cross, we join him in our own preparation for a life of greater devotion to Jesus and alignment with his mission. We hope you will join us in reading and reflecting as we prepare not only for Good Friday, but also for Easter Sunday.

Lent Devotional PDF

power in prayer

Join us for prayer on Thursday nights at 7pm! Once signed up, you will be invited to a Zoom call via email by your Power in Prayer Leader. You don't want to miss this special time with the Lord. Space is limited, but each week a new sign-up date will be added.

Go to sign-up!

current series: standing courageously in a time of uncertainty

Tuesday Morning Prayer

The Men’s Prayer Ministry is a group of men who are dedicated to praying for the River Church community, and those connected to the church, on a regular basis. We believe that God has called us to pray regularly and often, and we are committing to help men in our church develop regular, consistent habits of prayer in all that we do.

All men are welcome to join us and tap into the power of prayer; for our society, our church and the special needs of its people.

When & Where:

Tuesday mornings at 7am

The River Office

3525 Lomita Blvd., Suite 200

Torrance, Ca 90505

Contact: Mark Woodruff,


(Dudes in Rugged terrain)

One Unforgettable Weekend...
Riding and RV Camping together!  Feb. 7th-9th

Do you have a motorcycle, quad, Razor, buggy or 4x4 off-road vehicle? If not, you can rent them!!

The River Church invites YOU to join the D.I.R.T. (Dudes in Rugged Terrain) Event coming  February 2020!! 

What? D.I.R.T. is Hume’s one-of-a-kind weekend off-roading adventure specifically designed for dudes of all ages. Bring your friends, toys and RVs, to the Southern California desert for an unforgettable weekend of amazing off-road adventure, fantastic food, a challenging speaker, prizes, giveaways, and connection with other guys. Ocotillo Wells SVRA has something for everyone, with a wide variety of terrain for all skill levels.
When? Friday, February 7th - Sunday, February 9th
Where? Ocotillo Wells area
How? You are responsible for your own accommodations ie. RV or trailer. If you don't own one you can rent one. Check out We’ll camp together. Campfires welcome.
Why? To enjoy an unforgettable weekend with a bunch of guys.
Who? Bring your friends!! This event is open so please invite any of your guy friends and their boys.

***Please register ASAP to reserve your spot!   
D.I.R.T. Registration***

For additional information, please click on the FAQ links provided at D.I.R.T. FAQs for: General Information, Locations/Directions, Camping/Riding and Registration.
Want River Updates? In order for The River Church to include you in any updates for this event, please email AFTER completing your registration to let her know the names and emails of the men that have already been registered for this event. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Women's Retreat 2020

With Speaker suzie lind!



Please contact for any questions about registration.

Accommodations: all include 5 buffet-style meals.

Deluxe Housing - Grace House: $350/person | Registration is FULL for this housing

This is a 5 bedroom/3.5 bath 2-story house complete with kitchen and large living room. There is no internet or cell service here.  It is also furthest housing (less than 1/2 mile) from dining hall and lounge.  There are no bunk beds. 

Deluxe Housing - Engle House: $350/person | Registration is FULL for this housing

This is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bath 2-story house complete with kitchen and large living room.  There are no bunk beds.

Preferred Housing - Mortenson Hall/Small Cabin: $275/person

Mortenson Hall is 8 adjacent individual rooms that accommodate 4-5 people each. Each of the 8 rooms has its own bathroom,  and 1 Queen, 1 Single, and 1 bunk bed. The other small cabins accommodate 3-4 people per room and each room has its own bathroom. Each room contains 1 bunk bed along with various combos of Queen, double or single beds.

Reduced Rate FLEX Housing: $225/person

This housing is most similar to preferred accommodations in Mortenson Hall and Small Cabins, however,  you agree to be flexible with your accommodations. It is possible that you may need to sleep in an upper bunk bed and you agree that you will not request a roommate in exchange for the lower rate.

Please contact for further information or if you need any help deciding which accomodation option is best for you! 

Please note: 

Roommate requests for Deluxe and Preferred Housing will be considered and met whenever possible, but cannot be guaranteed. To maximize the possibility of your roommate request being met, please make sure that you both register as soon as possible because housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Roommates will only be considered if they are also registered. Room assignments will be communicated prior to the retreat, however bed options will be decided among roommates.


Wi-Fi may be spotty in most locations, however all guest will have the option to purchase Wi-Fi. It works best closest to meeting spaces.

Dietary Restrictions: 

Forest Home's kitchen can accommodate the needs of gluten free, vegetarian, or dairy free diets. For campers who are celiac, vegan, or have multiple food allergies, Forest Home recommends bringing your own food. For campers who are celiac, for your safety, it is required that food be stored in an air-tight, pre-portioned, microwavable container.


There are 2 rooms that are handicap accessible with each having their own bathroom. Each room accommodates 3 people. Please contact after registering for "Preferred Housing" if you require one of these rooms.

Early Morning bible/book Study

An early morning group for women in their late 20's - early 30's

The group meets at 6am on Thursdays for discussion of their current book/Bible study. 

When & Where:

6am on Thursdays at Peet's Coffee & Tea*

1418 S PCH, Redondo Beach

Contact: Jordan Jennings, (847) 650-2550 or 

*Location subject to change, please contact Jordan if you'd like to attend this study.

Birds and bees no more

A Workshop for Moms of Young Children

When: Thursday, November 14th, 7-9pm

Where: Winningham Home

19313 Donora Avenue, Torrance, Ca 90503

Please register here.

Cost: $20.60 via paypal

Contact: Cindy Scharkey,

This workshop is designed to empower parents with the knowledge and confidence to be their child's primary sexual health educator from birth. We'll cover topics like: naming the body parts, navigating tricky questions, anatomy and the developing child, teaching consent in the early stages, normalizing self-touch, preparation to prevent harm and much more. Content will center around children ages 0-5, but all are welcome. There will also be an informal time of Q & A as part of the evening.

Taught and facilitated by Cindy Scharkey RN, BSN, a healthcare professional with over 30 years of experience teaching parents and opening healthy conversations about sexual health.

Strength and Splendor

SASsy Ladies

A night to create a space for relationships and mentoring for women who are early 20's - early 30's and either are  single, newly married, or moms of young families and to build relationships and seek wisdom from the women of splendor. 

When & Where:

Once monthly on Thursdays, 7-9pm

Location changes monthly and day & time subject to change, please check the calendar to confirm

Contact: Casey Waddell,

current series

I Corinthians: A Beautiful kind of Broken

I Corinthians is a beautifully written letter from the Apostle Paul to the believers living in the city of Corinth, a lively seaport filled with various religions, cultures and practices. Paul calls the church, and each new believer in Corinth a beautiful kind of broken. We are once broken people now beautifully restored to be members of a new community of followers of Christ. Jesus has dusted us off, glued us back together and reinstated us as useable in the grand work of God in culture and society. For many of us, it’s a strange concept to actually believe our bodies are part of our spiritual lives. What do they have to do with one another? Jesus came not to just yank your renewed and redeemed soul to heaven when you die but bring a beauty to your broken down body that has been given new life and purpose awaiting its final redemption. So this life matters in how we live and conduct ourselves not only in the context of the church but also the world. It’s a beautiful thing to see you and us together living extraordinary lives. A beautiful kind of broken is you, and is us together.

BIble Study


A group of women committed to the study of God's word and warm, engaging community.  It is a weekly study led by a teacher to learn Biblical principles and apply scripture to our lives. 

To learn more about the study and to register, click here.

When & Where:

Tuesday mornings, 9 am

Kim Engen's Home - 73 Headland Drive, RPV

Contact: Jeamel Hui Bon Hoa, or Laura Yutronich, 310-480-3438.

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S.A.L.T. -- Servant|Action|Leadership|Team

Ages: 10-19 years old

Empowering, Equipping, and Encouraging the next generation of servant leaders. We are offering a place for Jr. High & High School students to grow as servant leaders.  This will be an 8-week servant training followed by an apprenticeship in a key church ministry. Upon the completion of this program, these students will have a deeper understanding of the leadership opportunities in a church and will have developed a greater awareness of God’s call to serve.

Launching Sunday, April 14

The Norris Conservatory

10:30 - 11:45 am


Women's Gathering

Overcoming Anxiety

Thursday, July 18th 7pm-9pm

The Prock's Home: 10 Pleasant Hill Drive, RHE

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to gather together and gain some new coping skills. Anita Sayers, Marriage and Family Therapist, with her many years of experience, will offer tools and encouragement for overcoming anxiety. 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." -Philippians 4:6

Looking forward to seeing you there!

To RSVP click here

Moms of Infants & Toddlers

Calling all new Moms!  Kerry Nelson invites you to "Tea Time for Moms of Infants & Toddlers" weekly on Wednesday morning.  Bring your babies & toddlers and any newborn, new mom, breast feeding issues, or parenting concerns.


Kerry is a Registered Nurse specializing in new baby care and lactation education and she would love to be a support person for you. Being a new mom can be lonely, as it's demanding (living on precious little sleep) and every need is foreign territory.  Kerry's joy is to be a cheerleader for you and to encourage and give you some well- worn tips that can help you.


When & Where: 

Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30am

Nelson home - 539 Camino de Encanto, Redondo Beach 90277

Contact: Kerry Nelson, 310-809-3472

Moms Day Out - 1st Wednesday of the month

Moms can drop off their infants and toddlers on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30am-12pm  at the Nelson home.  There will be a 1:1 ratio of babysitters to child (unless the children are siblings) so please RSVP to Kerry at 310-809-3472 if you'd like to drop your child off on this day.

Please check the calendar to confirm meeting times.

Prayer Group

Unleashed - Unleashing God's Power Through Prayer

For everyone seeking to pray for others, or to receive prayer. Come grow more deeply in relationship with God , and with one another!

When & Where:

Monday mornings from 9am to 10am

At Margaret DePauw's Home - 4208 Via Nivel, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Contact: Lyn Woodruff, 310-528-5909

*location subject to change, please contact Lyn Woodruff  if this is your first time or you're unsure where to meet.

We also have a River Prayer text group with daily prayer prompts and requests from The River community. If you want to join our group of prayers, text Lyn Woodruff at the number above.