Mentoring within our Province
When anyone embarks on a new phase in their life, be it starting a new job, moving to a different area or joining a Masonic Lodge there is much that is new or unknown. The uncertainties that arise can lead to feelings of insecurity and bewilderment if not addressed very early on.
Freemasonry presents its own unique set of challenges, particularly the rituals and traditions which may seem strange to an outsider if not properly explained.
To this end, The Provincial Grand Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter of Durham is committed to ensuring that all brethren and companions receive the maximum potential fulfilment, opportunity and enjoyment from their membership.
The objectives of our Mentoring policy are:
- To ensure the continuity and promote the growth of Freemasonry, specifically in the Province of Durham.
- To address the need for Retention and to support Recruitment and Retrieval.
- To ensure the candidate has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience which he may use to communicate to others.
- To encourage all brethren by adopting three aspects of development:
Our Mission Statement
“ The purpose of our Mentoring Programme is to ensure that every member of a Lodge or Holy Royal Arch Chapter in the Province of Durham enjoys being a Freemason, understands what it is about and becomes involved, both in the work of the Lodge or Chapter and in its activities.”
The Mentoring process is facilitated by the Provincial Grand Mentor assisted by four Area Mentors who have responsibility for the Lodges and Chapters in their geographical area.
Each individual Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter has an appointed Mentor who is responsible for implementing the mentoring process or he may appoint a Personal Mentor, possibly the proposer or seconder, to ensure the candidate receives support and guidance throughout his Masonic journey.
Support is given from the moment a prospective candidate is accepted for membership and this continues through the Three steps of Craft Masonry and the Fourth step in The Holy Royal Arch Chapter. The Mentor will help to prepare the candidate for each of the four steps and, following each degree, the candidate will be presented with a booklet explaining the ceremony and giving insight into other aspects of Freemasonry.
Whilst the Mentor should encourage and promote progression in the Lodge or Chapter, it is important that the candidate be allowed to progress at his own pace and not be put under any pressure which may affect his enjoyment of the craft.
The Mentor may be the appointed person to look after our new members, but we are all responsible for the long- term survival of our order and we must all promote:
“Mentoring is a fundamental form of Human Development where one person invests time, energy and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person”
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”