On June 2, 2016 Queen Elizabeth II announced the World Mission Society Church of God as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Volunteer Service.

The Queen’s Award is the highest award that any volunteer group can receive in the United Kingdom and comes as a result of the Church of God’s untiring devotion to community service throughout the United Kingdom. This devotion to its community is consistent with all churches of God around the world.

The Queen’s Award is the most prestigious award given to volunteer groups across the United Kingdom.

About the Queen’s Award

Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, the Queen’s Award recognizes volunteer groups for their outstanding contributions to their communities. It is the most prestigious award given to volunteer groups across the United Kingdom.

The award is acknowledged in the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago. The award also grants the Church of God the title MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). As a recipient of the award, the Church of God has been given the privilege to use the MBE honor with its name and display the Queen’s Award emblem on its websites, stationary, and other printed material.

Nomination and Selection Process

The nomination and selection process for the Queen’s Award is rigorous. First, in order to be nominated, a group must have performed continued volunteer service in its community for at least three years. After being nominated, a local panel evaluates the group thoroughly for at least three years.

During its evaluation, the Church of God received both phone calls and unannounced visits from the panel. The panel even contacted beneficiaries of the Church of God’s community service to confirm the validity and sincerity of its volunteer work.

Once the evaluation phase is complete, the assessment panel then determines the nominees to be sent to the National Award Committee. The National Award Committee’s job is to make recommendations to the Cabinet Office, the corporate headquarters of government, which manages the award. The Cabinet Office then makes a final list, which is sent to the Queen, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself decides the award winners.

UK ZION, a group of volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, share Mother’s love through a range of initiatives. We being cognizant of the said group’s outstanding voluntary work in the community, and being desirous of showing Our Royal Favor do hereby confer upon it.

-Queen Elizabeth II

Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol receives the award certificate signed by the Queen and the commemorative crystal of the Queen’s Award.

As winners of the Queen’s Award, the members of the Church of God were invited to attend the Queen’s Royal Garden Party on May 24, 2016. The Church of God also received a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed style crystal.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis commended the members of the WMSCOG saying:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.”

Paul Denby, an MBE examiner also praised the WMSCOG saying:

“Giving something back to their community, the group (Church of God) of mainly young volunteers have transformed lives in this city and much further afield as well as encouraging young people to participate in helping their society and spreading community spirit. For the amount of work and the time and effort they have put in, they are very much worthy to receive this prestigious award. They simply engender happiness.”

“They simply engender happiness.”

All over the world, the Church of God is being acknowledged for its selfless and untiring efforts in serving the community.

Whether it be through blood drives, cleanup campaigns, disaster relief, youth festivals, and the like, the members of the Church of God are making every effort to spread the love of God. The Church has become the recipient of more than 2,000 awards from organizations all around the world, including in the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, and aims to continue making a difference in the world by following the teachings of Heavenly Mother.

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