Queen’s Awards

The U.K. Queen’s Award

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, also known as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It recognizes outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Queen’s Award
Queen’s Award

MBE (The Member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire)

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recipients are made the member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire. Just like individuals, groups that were recognised with an MBE can use this British honour with their names. They are also entitled to use the Queen’s Award emblem on their website, stationery, and other printed material.

The Queen praises the Church of God
for performing the role of the salt and light

“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 cognisant of the said group’s outstanding voluntary work in the community,
and being desirous of showing Our Royal Favour do hereby confer upon it.”

– Queen Elizabeth II –

  • Queen’s Award
    Pastor Kim Joo-cheol (left) received the award certificate signed by the Queen and the commemorative crystal of the Queen’s Award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith (second from left).
  • Queen’s Award
    Ceremony held in Gorton Monastery

Paul Denby, MBE – Examiner

“Since I’ve been mayor, I don’t believe that we give any awards to any churches. There’s no question about your doing a good job. I think it should be acknowledged. I believe the whole world will grind to a halt if it wasn’t for volunteers. Each of you must be very proud of yourselves. You’ve done a really good job.”

Ray Dutton – Mayor of Rochdale

“Since I’ve been mayor, I don’t believe that we give any awards to any churches. There’s no question about your doing a good job. I think it should be acknowledged. I believe the whole world will grind to a halt if it wasn’t for volunteers. Each of you must be very proud of yourselves. You’ve done a really good job.”

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“Since I’ve been mayor, I don’t believe that we give any awards to any churches. There’s no question about your doing a good job. I think it should be acknowledged. I believe the whole world will grind to a halt if it wasn’t for volunteers. Each of you must be very proud of yourselves. You’ve done a really good job.”

Procedure for Assessment and Selection

The Church of God carried out volunteer services constantly for four years in the U.K. and it was decided as a winner through rigorous procedure for assessment for three years and the Queen’s approval.

During this period, the County Assessment Panel visited the Church of God several times and examined the church from all angles, not to speak of the church’s volunteer activities. The examiners visited the church without notice, made phone calls, visited the places where the church carried out volunteer services, and contacted beneficiaries to confirm its activities’ veracity and sincerity.

  • Each nomination is first appraised in the county where the group works. This appraisal is led by the Lord Lieutenant, Her Majesty’s representative in the county, helped by a County Assessment Panel of leading representatives from diverse sectors of the community. The Lord Lieutenant or their representatives, or both, normally wish to visit the nominated group.

  • A Specialist Assessment Panel of independent volunteering experts from across the U.K. judge nominated groups against the Award criteria, taking into account the first appraisal.

  • The panel passes its recommendations to the Main Award Committee.

  • The Main Award Committee advise the Cabinet Office and the Minister for Civil Society.

  • Finally, the award is decided after the Queen has given her formal approval.

Awards from
ten metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester in the U.K.

The Church of God received awards and letters of appreciation successively from all metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and Oldham.

Billy RotherhamThe – Then Mayor of Wigan

“Since I’ve been mayor, I don’t believe that we give any awards to any churches. There’s no question about your doing a good job. I think it should be acknowledged. I believe the whole world will grind to a halt if it wasn’t for volunteers. Each of you must be very proud of yourselves. You’ve done a really good job.”

  • Queen’s Award
    Councilor Naeem Ul Hassan, Lord Mayor of Manchester, recognized the Church of God’s volunteer services.
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Appreciation from Tameside Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Appreciation from Tameside Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Recognition from Wigan Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Recognition from Wigan Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Appreciation from Rochdale Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Appreciation from Salford Council
  • Queen’s Award
    Certificate of Appreciation from Trafford Council

Introduction Video

The Church of God has received more than 2,000 awards from the governments and organizations in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Peru, the Philippines, New Zealand, and so on around the world.

Presidential Awards from Three Korean Governments

Presidential Group Citation from President Park Geun-hye (May 2015)

Medal of Merit from President Roh Moo-hyun (Aug. 2004)

Presidential Citation from President Kim Dae-jung (Feb. 2003)

U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

Gold (Dec. 2015)

Gold (Sep. 2015)

Gold (June 2015)

Gold (Nov. 2014)

Gold (June 2011)

Lifetime Achievement (June 2011)

Queen’s Award

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