WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
A ballot will be held at a meeting of the Lodge, where all Master Masons present will vote on your admission. If the ballot is successful, the Secretary will contact you and advise you of the date at which your admission can be fitted into the Lodge programme of meetings.
During this time, a member of the Lodge, usually your proposer or the secretary will maintain contact with you and invite you to any open meetings or social functions held by the Lodge, where you will be able to meet some of the members.
WHAT HAPPENS ON YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE LODGE?
You will be brought into the Lodge room and take part in a simple but solemn ceremony which has been basis of Freemasonry for the past 300 years. During this ceremony you will hear a number of short lectures on the aims and objectives of Freemasonry and on your part you will be asked to promise to:-
Preserve the customs of the Lodge
Obey the civil laws of the Country
To be kind and thoughtful to others
Not to discuss religious or political matters within the Lodge
Not to reveal the methods of recognition by which we identify each other in the Lodge
Not to use Freemasonry for personal gain
At all times you will be accompanied by one of the members, who will guide you through the ceremony, during which you will become a member of this Lodge and worldwide Freemasonry. Afterwards during the meal or festive board as it is popularly called, you will then have the opportunity to meet many new friends and most probably renew friendships with other men you have met outside of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry constantly strives to receive trustworthy men into its organisation and through its teachings will assist you to appreciate the friendships and improve society in general. Men like yourself, who we hope will actively participate at our meetings, will enjoy a unique comradeship and develop a confidence in communicating with others that will enable you to put our Masonic ideals to good effect.
Please remember, to want to become a Freemason must be your decision and yours alone, but like most of our members, you will wish you had joined sooner!
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”