Expansion plans for a 13th century church could see a second building constructed in the churchyard.
Parishoners at Holy Trinity church, Bosham, are considering plans for an additional building to the north-east of the Grade 1 listed building to allow the church community room to grow.
Feedback from 180 surveys completed during a public consultation in July has yet to be collated, but advice from English Heritage stated an annex building would be preferable to an extension.
Other options are reconfiguring the existing building and using St Nicholas Hall in Broadbridge.
A statement of need on the church website outlines issues with accommodating a growing number of children.
Archdeacon of Chichester The Venerable Fr Douglas McKittrick said: “It needs to be understood and appreciated that we are at the earliest, preliminary stage and we’re waiting for the response back from the consultation, but we’re currently in the process of examining other possibilities of creating additional space alongside HTB.
“While it’s not possible to say where it will go with regards to planning, we’re keen to support the parish to serve the community and to realise its vision for a new space in which the growing church is able to thrive.”