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.
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.
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.