The Parish Church and the Midhurst Community
Midhurst Parish Church has played a central role in the life of Midhurst for more than 800 years, bringing church and community together. As a Listed Building it has a dominant presence in the Market Square Conservation Area that is so attractive to tourists and residents alike.
The church’s civic role continues to be increasingly important through the Remembrance Sunday service and other events like carols for Midhurst’s Street Party and our Easter and Christmas services. The MADhurst summer festival was founded by our previous vicar and we continue our support and participation in many of the events.
The running cost of our parish is around £80,000 p.a. and these costs are funded entirely by our small, but growing, congregation, without any outside support.
In addition to these costs, however, there are also significant building maintenance and improvements to fund. Over the years, we have absorbed major costs: the retiling of the church spire, new central heating, and changes at the front entrance including a glass door and accessible toilet. It costs a lot to keep an old building maintained, watertight and operationally efficient and these items have fully absorbed our reserves. This puts at risk our ability to maintain our building, let alone implement any ideas about making our church more flexible for worship, social and community use. It is for this reason that we seek the support of Friends.
The Friends of Midhurst Parish Church was launched in 2017, to enable individuals, businesses, and retailers in the town to support the upkeep of the church building, even though they may not be churchgoers themselves. The annual subscription is used specifically and solely to maintain the fabric of the building. So far, nearly £20,000 has been raised through the Friends and it is very much appreciated.
Any business or individual wanting to become a Friend should simply contact the Parish Office (or phone 01730-815356) for information.