"A peculiar system of Morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols".
So what does this mean?
Freemasonry consists of a body of men banded together for the purpose of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement and pledged to preserve our traditions. Its members endeavour to cultivate and exhibit love and charity to one another and the world at large and, as individuals, search for the truth in their being.
'The essential condition for membership is a belief in a Supreme Being'.
Masonry recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of loyalty and citizenship. It does not permit any of its members to discuss religious or political questions in Lodge.
It offers no financial advantages binding one Mason to deal with another, or to support him in any way in the ordinary business relations of life.
We support a wide variety of Masonic and non-Masonic charities and good causes but Masonry is not in any financial sense a mutual-benefit society. Masonic Charities are solely for the less fortunate.
Masonry teaches that a man's first duty is to his family. People should not therefore join if the associated fees and charitable contributions will be to the detriment of their loved ones.
The R.Wor. Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire
Sir David Trippier RD, JP, DL
talks about his own personal journey through Freemasonry.
Each Mason should be sure:
- He desires the intellectual and moral improvement of himself and others;
- He is willing to devote time, means and efforts in the promotion of brotherly love, relief and truth;
- He seeks no commercial, social or pecuniary advantages; and,
- He is able to afford the necessary expenditure without detriment to himself or his dependants.
As we progress on our Masonic journeys we begin to understand the advantages of membership and the additional meaning it brings to our lives. We joined because someone we knew, admired or loved – a friend or family member – was a Mason, and they wanted to share with us what they enjoyed, and we wanted to experience it too.
In East Lancashire we want Freemasonry to be fun, dignified and stimulating. This may be achieved through your quest for knowledge, giving back to society, gaining new friends from all backgrounds and age groups, self-improvement or achievement. There is nothing quite like Freemasonry elsewhere in life!
Here are some quotes from our brethren that they attribute to Freemasonry:
- "We enjoy distinctive meetings not available in other organisations followed by dinner amongst friends"
- "Freemasonry has well managed fund raising and giving activities"
- "Our meetings are mentally stimulating, sometimes challenging, always enjoyable"
- "The history of Freemasonry and its links with society generally are fascinating"
- "We are reminded to consider our moral outlook and character – this system for living has made me a much better father, family member, colleague and Mason"
- "I have developed increased confidence, especially with public speaking and on a social level"
- "We meet with like minded people from differing backgrounds on equal terms"
- "We share journeys of personal development together"
- "My wife enjoys Freemasonry too and is very active on our Lodge social and ladies committee".
We encourage Masons to speak openly about their membership and their enjoyment of Freemasonry. The above may help you to articulate the good things about Freemasonry. You may even be able to add your own experiences and recall memorable nights when discussing the subject with friends, family or colleagues. In time you may well bring or introduce your own friends to our Order.
above is an extract from the Province of East Lancashire Information Handbook, compiled by
Education and Training Committee.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US
If you are interested in joining Freemasonry in Clayton-le-Moors and would like to speak to one of our members, we would be more than happy to make arrangements to meet with you. The first thing to do is to send us a confidential email with your contact details and a short message so that we can organise a meeting and talk things through with you. All of us at the Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283 would be very pleased to help you in making the decision to join us. There is no pressure on you to join us and we would like you to take the time to meet other members of our Lodge, possibly joining us at our Festive Boards (after meeting dinners) and our Socials with wives, partners and friends to see for yourself what Freemasonry has to offer and whether it is for you.