WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
When you have people with the highest levels of talent, it’s vital that you give them the support and opportunity to make a success of their lives.
“I wanted to become a freemason to meet a cross section of people, make long lasting friendships and have fun!”
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.
Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background, social or religious differences. For many people who are members of Barr Beacon Lodge, Freemasonry is a happy and interesting activity that allows them to focus on their charitable nature, giving something back by using their talents. If this is something that strikes a chord with you, then read on.
Joining the Freemasons
People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It’s actually straightforward.
The essential qualification for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being.
It is usual for candidates to be mature men of 21 years and over.
Please read information from The United Grand Lodge of England to understand more about what Freemasonry is all about.
If after reading the information on the Grand Lodge website you decide that you are still interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a member. They will be able to explain further about the fraternity and introduce you to the Lodge.
If you don’t know anyone at all who is a member, then get in touch with a Masonic Office in your area. In Staffordshire and the West Midlands this is:-
Provincial Grand Secretary, Provincial Grand Lodge of Staffordshire, 211 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0DD.
Write to that office, explaining a little bit about yourself and your reasons for wishing to join.
Or for a more locally focused communication, please email [email protected]