On June 2, 2016, The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) was announced as a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the United Kingdom. The award was presented to the WMSCOG in recognition of their wholehearted community service in the United Kingdom.
World Mission Society Church of God Receives the Queen’s Award in the U.K.
On July 4, 2016, on behalf of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren J. Smith presented the award to General Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol of the WMSCOG during a special ceremony held for all the awardees. The Queen’s Award is the highest award that a volunteer group can receive in the United Kingdom. The recipients are also qualified to be recognized as an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.)
What is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognizes organizations that made a great contribution to society in the United Kingdom. It is the most prestigious award for a volunteer group, acknowledged in the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It’s an annual award managed by the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom. For a group to receive this award, it must have been operating at a high standard for at least three years continually in local areas. Through years of thorough and rigorous assessment, the award is given to groups whose work has significantly benefited others and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. The award is decided only after the Queen herself has given formal approval.
Procedure for Assessment and Selection
The procedure for assessment and selection of a recipient for the Queen’s Award is meticulous and prudent. It consists of a 5-step process:
1st Step: Each nomination is first evaluated in the county where the group works. As her Majesty’s representative in the county, the Lord Lieutenant leads the evaluation with the help of a County Assessment Panel of leading representatives from diverse sectors of the community. The Lord Lieutenant or his representatives, or both, generally visit the nominated group.
2nd Step: A Specialist Assessment Panel of independent volunteering experts from across the U.K. judge nominated groups based on the award criteria, taking into account the first evaluation.
3rd Step: The panel passes its recommendations to the Main Award Committee.
4th Step: The Main Award Committee advise the Cabinet Office and the Minister for Civil Society.
5th Step: Finally, Queen gives her formal approval and the awardees are selected.
The procedure to be nominated for this award is very strict since the recipients are entitled to use the Queen’s Award emblem on their website, stationary and other printed material for five years.
WMSCOG is Awarded After Rigorous Assessment
The WMSCOG has consistently carried out volunteer services for four years in the U.K. It was selected as recipient after a rigorous assessment procedure that lasted for three years, and it was finally approved by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
During the three-year assessment, the county assessment panels visited the WMSCOG several times and examined the church from various angles to verify that the organization was worthy to receive the Queen’s Award. The examiners visited the church without notice, made phone calls, visited the places where the church carried out volunteer services and contacted the beneficiaries to confirm the veracity and sincerity of the activities.
Finally, after passing all the steps, the WMSCOG has been recognized by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as an exemplary organization that contributes to the community. At the same time, the church has been authorized to use both the Queen’s Award emblem and the British honor of MBE.
Queen Elizabeth II herself signed the award certificate. The award’s purpose and meaning were clearly stated as follows:
“UK Zion, a group of volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, shares 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 Favour do hereby confer upon it.”
The WMSCOG Receiving the Queen’s Award is not by Chance
The World Mission Society Church of God has done volunteer work for almost 20 years without rest. The members of the WMSCOG are always ready to give a helping hand, and those who have experienced their volunteer work can feel their sincerity. Their great work is a result of following the teachings of the Bible and the example of Heavenly Mother.
The WMSCOG has received several letters of appreciation from many private and governmental organizations for their volunteer efforts. In 2015, especially, the WMSCOG had the honor of receiving the Presidential Citation Award, which is the highest award an organization can receive in South Korea. Three different Presidential Cabinets acknowledged the WMSCOG, and everyone in the nation knows about their good deeds.
With 2,500 branch churches in 175 countries, and over 2.5 million registered members, the WMSCOG carries out volunteer work wherever it’s located. Several Presidential Offices have recognized the WMSCOG, including the Office of President Barack Obama. The WMSCOG in the United States was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award three times.
Who is the World Mission Society Church of God?
The World Mission Society Church of God is a church that believes in God the Mother. Putting their faith in God the Mother into action is what allows the members of the WMSCOG to stand out in their community service. Established by Christ Ahnsahnghong in 1964, the WMSCOG tries to spread Mother’s love in the whole world, while also following the teachings of Jesus as they were 2,000 years ago. Loving God by following God’s commands, and loving our neighbors through community service is the way the WMSCOG displays the glory of God Elohim to the whole world.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
The members of the World Mission Society Church of God will continue to carry out their good deeds. These good deeds will allow the whole world to see the glory of God the Father and God the Mother.