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Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ME? Many people join Freemasonry because of the special fellowship it offers; members can visit any Masonic lodge anywhere in the country or even worldwide and they will be warmly greeted as if they were an old friend. Freemasonry is a community where all are equal, it matters not whether you are the Chairman of a multi-national company, or a struggling student, you are primarily a Freemason and you will always be shown friendship and goodwill. ISN’T IT ALL ABOUT PERSONAL GAIN? In a way, but no more so than you would join a golf club to better your skills at golf! The ‘personal gain’ that you achieve from being a Freemason is better described as ‘personal satisfaction’ of being part of a worldwide organisation that works tirelessly to help those who are less fortunate in the world. The motto of the craft is “Making good men better” - that’s the personal gain you get from being a Freemason. SO, WHAT’s WITH ALL THE MYSTERY, THEN? Freemasonry has nothing to hide; it is not and never has been a ‘secret’ society, although it may be a society with secrets! All of our centres from Freemasons’ Hall in London, to the lowliest centre in a far-flung province are open for guided tours to the general public. The so-called ‘mysteries’ or ‘secrets’ of Freemasonry are revealed to members as they progress through the various stages of development and are little more than good, sound advice on how to lead a fruitful life in the community. I ’M REALLY BUSY - HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE UP? That really depends on you. In Middlesex, most of our Lodges meet four times a year, but there is also a weekly session where members can get instruction and learn more about the principles of Freemasonry, at the same time as learning and understanding the ritual that we use in our meetings; we encourage all of our members to attend these very useful sessions, if they are able. One of the best aspects of Freemasonry is the ability to visit other Masonic Lodges and we encourage all our members to visit, seeing how other Lodges work and making new friends… but we always stress that your family and work comes first. WHAT ABOUT MY FAMILY? Your family is very important to Freemasonry and we encourage all of our prospective members to discuss joining with their wives and partners before committing themselves. At certain times throughout the year, we run family events and we really encourage our members to bring their wives, partners and children to these occasions. It is not compulsory for families to be involved, but we encourage it as it fosters wider fellowship and understanding. SO, WHAT ARE YOU NOT TELLING ME? Hardly anything is the quick answer. You have to be male, aged 21* or over and be of good character. You should also believe in a Supreme Being, but Freemasonry is not a religion; men from a variety of faiths are Freemasons. HOW CAN I JOIN? You are invited to join Fremasonry by a member of a Masonic Lodge. “But I don’t know any Freemasons!” is often the response to that notion - this is not a problem as, nowadays, it is quite common. On receiving your membership enquiry, a local member of Sutton Court Lodge will contact you and arrange an informal meeting; at that meeting any remaining questions that you may have can be answered. The first step is to make an enquiry, and we have made it easy… all you need to do is fill out our enquiry form that you can find here .
* in some circumstances, we can consider membership from candidates aged 18 and over.