Information For Non Masons

  • What is Freemasonry
  • Religion
  • Conduct
  • Politics
  • Charity
  • Socially

What Is Freemasonry?

It is a most happy association of friends which provides interest, a discipline of life, many social activities for men and their families and has a long history of charitable support for the less fortunate members of our society. All this is combined with a fascinating history going back almost three hundred years. To be more specific:

Freemasonry is open to men of good reputation, irrespective of race or creed, provided they believe in a Supreme Being. This belief is an essential qualification for admission and continued membership.

Freemasonry teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge through participation in a progression of allegorical two-part plays, which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge.

Freemasonry offers its members an approach to life which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, and honesty in business, courtsey in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Religion

Freemasonry is emphatically not a religion.

Freemasonry requires a belief in a Supreme Being and its principles are common to many of the world’s great religions. Freemasonry does not try to replace religion or substitute for it. Every candidate is exhorted to practice his religion and regard its holy book as the unerring standard of truth. Freemasonry does not instruct its members in what their religious beliefs should be, nor does it offer sacraments.

Thus, Freemasonry brings men of different faiths together in a unique way to share a happy and rewarding fellowship with one another.

Conduct

On his entry into Freemasonry each candidate states unequivocally that he expects no material gain from his membership. At various stages during the three ceremonies of his admission he if forcefully reminded that attempts to gain preferment or material gain for himself or others is a misuse of membership which will not be tolerated. Abuse of membership can result in penalties varying from temporary suspension to expulsion. Nor may Freemasonry ever be used to protect a follow Freemason, or anyone else, who has behaved dishonestly or unlawfully.

Politics

Freemasonry is wholly unconcerned with political matters. Discussion of politics or religion is expressly forbidden at Lodge meetings. The organising body of Freemasonry refuses to express any opinion, one way or the other, about domestic or foreign State Policy.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been involved in charitable activities, and since its inception it has provided support for many widows and orphans of Freemasons as well as others within the community.

All monies raised for charity are drawn from amongst freemasons, their families and friends, while grants and donations are made to Masonic and non-Masonic charities alike.

Over the past five years alone Freemasonry has raised more than £75m for a wide range of charitable purposes including those involved in medical research, community care, education and work with young people.

Socially

Freemasonry is fun as well as having its more serious side. It provides a wonderfully happy social life for its members and their families with a wide variety of events run by local Lodges as well as larger events bringing many people together. Very many enduring friendships are made.

Thus, being a Freemason becomes a very comfortable, happy and satisfying experience with great opportunities to become involved, while catering for a wide variety of talents and interests.
Lodges meet monthly, usually for eight or nine months of the year; meetings are followed by a supper and by a banquet once a year following the annual meeting. Membership allows a Mason to visit Lodges in all parts of the country and abroad, providing the Lodge is recognised by our own Grand Lodge, thus providing great opportunities for social contact.

If you have a friend who is a Freemason, ask him to tell you more about it. Alternatively, you can obtain more information from your local Masonic Hall, from our Provincial website at:

Province of West Lancashire

Or from

Provincial Grand Lodge of West Lancashire
Provincial Office
Leyland Masonic Hall
Wellington Park
Church Road
Leyland
PR25 3AB
Tel: 01772623557
E-mail: centraloffice@provinceofwestlancs.org