Police have appealed for information after someone broke into St Mary’s Church, Felpham.
The incident is said to have occurred between 00.15am and 2.15am on March 1.
In a statement police said the person then climbed the ladder into the bell tower and then attempted to break into the Vestry.
Cupboards were broken into but nothing appears to have been stolen, it added.
Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting ref 0418 of 01/03/2017.