Methodist minister to offer spiritual nourishment from the Fourth Plinth

By agency reporter
July 24, 2009

A Methodist minister will be offering visitors to Trafalgar Square a touch of midweek spirituality as he leads a worship service from the fourth plinth, alongside Nelson’s Column and the imposing facade of the National Gallery.

From 9-10am on Tuesday 28th July, the Rev Ken Chalmers, from Castle Cary in Somerset, will offer spiritual reflections and worship to gathering friends, tourists and other visitors to the Square.

Visitors will also will hear Bible readings and worship songs and share Holy Communion, administered from the base of the plinth by Rev Martin Turner.

“Art and symbolism have always been used to express the Christian faith and I want my hour on the plinth to focus on spiritual reflection” said Chalmers.

He added that “Many people have come to Trafalgar square to feed the pigeons, but perhaps we can offer our human visitors a bit of spiritual food for an hour this Tuesday.”

Those who are unable to make it to Trafalgar Square can join in by visiting, to watch the plinth live.

2,400 people will appear on the fourth plinth between 6th July and 14th October 2009, picked from more than 28,000 applicants for sculptor Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project. Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person will make the plinth their own.

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