The World Mission Society Church of God concluded 2016 with a celebration concert to celebrate the achievement of receiving the Queen’s Award for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Queen's Award Celebration Concert, Melbourne

Queen’s Award Celebration Concert with special guests at Melbourne WMSCOG

Guests, including family friends and local neighbours, filled the church hall. Special guests including The Honorable Ryan Smith MP, former MP Kelvin Thomson, Deputy Mayor of Manningham City Council Mike Zafiropoulos, and former Deputy Mayor Chandra Bamunusinghe watched with great joy.

Picturesque Queen’s Award Concert Programme

The event, which started at 4 o’clock, contained three sections. First, the guests watched a video introducing the Church of God. Next, a video about winning the Queen’s Award, and in addition to that a short Bible presentation. Especially relevant, the Bible presentation gave an explanation about the existence of Heavenly Mother through the family system.

Adele, one of the local residents who attended the event, said, “The Bible presentation reminded me of what I have learned previously about the Heavenly Father and Mother with one of the church members.”

Second, members delivered the love of Heavenly Mother through a series of dances. Lovely dance routines along with traditional music, and colourful costumes expressed the fascinating cultures of India, Samoa and Korea. In addition, primary and secondary school children also danced wholeheartedly, full of powerful energy and action. 

Third, the Elohim orchestra performed beautiful heavenly melodies, sharing God’s love through music. Also, a solo vocal of Nella Fantasia, followed by The Bright, Heavenly Way by a male quartet. And lastly, the choir sang the popular church song Holy City accompanied by the orchestra.

Guests applauded and cheered for all the performances, bringing forth a festive atmosphere. After the concert, guests had memorable photos taken in the photo booth themed Under The Sea.

Queen's Award Celebration Concert, Melbourne

A family smile as they pose for a picture at the Queen’s Award Celebration Concert.

“They were excellent.” – Ryan Smith, MP

Ryan Smith, Warrandyte MP, said, “I can hardly believe that most of your orchestra had not been playing for very long, they were excellent.”

Also, Kelvin Thomson, former MP, who has joined many volunteer activities with the church, said, “Yes I did enjoy myself. Best wishes for the new year!” 

Alicia who has visited the church many times said, “After watching the introductory dvd, I was surprised at how many churches you have around. I really enjoyed the Samoan dancing and I would like to come next time.”

The Church of God received the most prestigious Queen’s Award along with many other awards great and small for their ongoing volunteering spirit.