St Leonard's South Stoke
Tucked away in a bend in the River Arun, close to the Arun Valley railway, is the tiny hamlet 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 not much in the way of 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 Evensong - Fourth Sunday of the month only
Supporting St Leonard's
We rely entirely on the generosity of our friends and visitors to keep St Leonard's open. You may give a one-off gift online via Parish Giving:
If you would like to support St Leonard's regularly, by far the best way is to register with the Parish Giving Scheme. The scheme allows you to increase your donation each year in line with inflation. It also adds Gift Aid to your donation making your gift even more valuable. It’s easy to join and you are in charge of your donation – you can change the amount of your donation, decline the inflation increase if you checked this option, or cancel your donation completely at any time.
A Dickens of an Evening
The Friends of St Leonard present: Mansel David portraying a cornucopia of colourful characters in a dramatised reading of Charles Dickens' Crummles.
An extraordinary one-man-show presenting a faithful and humorous re-enactment of the theatrical episodes from ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’.
£15.00 for adults and £10.00 for children
All proceeds go to the Friends of St Leonard's.
Limited Edition Print of St Leonard's
Local artist, Neil Holland, has generously made available 15 limited edition prints of St. Leonard’s Church to raise money for the church's Fabric Fund.
The prints are mounted but unframed and signed and numbered by the artist. The dimensions are: Print : 20cm x 30cm, With Mount : 30cm x 40cm.
You can place an order online or by contacting the Parish Office (email@example.com / 01903 882262).
Please note that this item is only available for collection from the Parish Office.