The sculpture was designed in the 1960s by former Royal Society of British Sculptors president, Edward Bainbridge Copnall, and made out of coal dust and resin.
It was removed from the church just before Christmas and will be mounted on a large wall in the grounds of Horsham Museum.
Jeremy Knight, curator, said the powerful image portrayed by the figure was that of Christ in pain.
“That today isn’t an image which a lot of churches want to follow. They’d much rather see an empty cross where Christ has risen,” he said.
I’m so glad they’re moving this sculpture because it puts people off. You wouldn’t want to retain any parts of your doctrine that make it difficult for parishioners to stick with the program.