Many misconceptions continue to surround the fraternity of Freemasonry. One of those misconceptions concerns how people become Freemasons. So firstly, let’s set the record straight.
A potential new mason MUST approach a Lodge or a suitable sponsor and ask to be considered for membership. Masons are instructed not to invite people to join. The main reason for this is that a new member must atest that they have not been approached, co-opted or coerced to join – it must be their own decision as a free man.
But a Freemason can educate prospective new members to this rule and give them the courage to ask questions about the fraternity and decide for themselves so that when they are ready to ask, they do so with the confidence that this is an organisation that they will be happy in.
What do I need to become a Freemason?
- You must be a minimum of 21 years old, unless you are the son of a Freemason, in which case, aged 18.
- You must have a belief in a supreme being. Freemasonry is secular and entirely complements any religion, but faith in ‘a God’ is a requirement.
- You must be free from any criminal convictions.
Freemasonry as practised by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is a male only organisation. There are other other organistaions that practise a unisex (co-masonic) or even womens only Freemasonry but the UGLE has no connections with them and being a member of a UGLE Lodge would preclude you from attending any other organisation not recognised by the UGLE.
I don’t know a Freemason who can propose me!
Anecdotal masonic history is littered with stories of people who waited 20 years for their next door neighbour to invite them to join, while the neighbour in question waited 20 years to be asked! Others have spent a lifetime with an ambition of joining this ancient and honourable institution but had no one to propose them and no other way of voicing their interest. Fortunately, this need not be the case any more!
If you are interested in joining the West Ham Abbey Lodge, please select the link below and complete the online form to register your interest. This is NOT your registration, it’s just a means for you to get in touch and you are not committed to anything. You will never be placed onto any mailing lists or have your details passed on to other parties. The document is entirely without obligation and if you decide you do not want to pursue a membership, your details will be destroyed in line with data protection legislation.
To register your interest in becoming a member of West Ham Abbey Lodge click HERE.