On Monday 4 July, 10 members of the World Mission Society Church of God were invited to Gorton Monastery in celebration of winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
It was presented to General Pastor Joo-Cheol Kim and Senior Church Leader Michael King by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Edith Conn.
The Queen’s representative, The Lord Lieutenant of the county, presented the group with a certificate, signed by The Queen, and a commemorative crystal.
General Pastor Joo-Cheol Kim said “I give thanks to God for allowing us the honourable Queen’s Award. Our church believes in Heavenly Mother and we will do our best to love our neighbours through voluntary works with a mother’s heart”.
Senior Church Leader Michael King has also said “we aim to spread Mother’s love and community spirit through many voluntary initiatives. With this award, we look forward to reaching out our helping hands even more in the future.”
The group are well recognised throughout Greater Manchester for their outstanding work, vivid yellow t-shirts and bright smiles.
The group have been issued with certificates of appreciation from their local MP Kate Green and all ten borough councils of Greater Manchester. Their work has been reported on the BBC and local media outlets, such as Manchester Evening News and The Oxford Times.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. Commenting on all the award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith said that each member of the voluntary group “makes an exceptional contribution to their community and helps to greatly improve the lives of local people.
“For so many to give up their time for others is tremendous and this award is extremely well deserved”.