Tucked away in a bend in the River Arun, close to the Arun Valley railway, is the tiny village of South Stoke. Overlooking the river is the parish church. Built in the 11th century, this tiny flint church has been a sacred place for almost a thousand years.
For much of its history, St Leonard's stood on its own as a parish church, celebrating the sacraments and preaching the gospel to nearby farm workers and their families. Since the 1920s, however, the parish has been joined with the neighbouring parish of Arundel.
There are regular services held at the church throughout the year. Only, make sure you wrap up in winter, as apart from the dozens of candles lighting the church, there's no heating.
St Leonard's is always open to visitors. Admittedly, it is off the beaten track, and yet, those who are prepared to make the effort, won't be disappointed.
Regular Sunday Services
9.00am Holy Communion - Second Sunday of the month only
3.00pm Book of Common Prayer Evensong - Fourth Sunday of the month only