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Frequently Asked Questions
Freemasonry means different things to those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies known as Degrees. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly to others about Freemasonry.
If you do not know anyone who is a Freemason explore the website for more information.
Once you have made the decision that you want to join complete the membership enquiry form to register your interest.
We will find out more about you and where your nearest Masonic Lodge is in Jersey
We will then put you in touch with the members of that lodge.
The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is normally in two parts. First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:
• Administration matters such as the confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting
• Proposing and balloting for new candidates
• Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
• Masonic news and correspondence from the Province or United Grand Lodge of England and
• News about charitable work and donations
Second, there are the ceremonies for:
• Admitting new members into Freemasonry
• Progressing members to the next Degree
• The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers
Generally a meeting will end with a Festive Board where members and their guests dine together.
New Freemasons make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society.
Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge.
Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family, work commitments and public obligations.
This would be unacceptable and may lead to action being taken against those involved.
On joining, each new member states that he expects no material or commercial gain from his membership.
There are Masonic charities that cater specifically, but not exclusively, for Freemasons or their dependents.
Lodges also make significant grants to non-Masonic organisations. This may be to a local hospital in need of equipment or medical research.
Jersey Freemasons has its own fund where donations of varying sizes are made to those in need.
Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy.
The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is not permitted.
Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic. Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the rank of the wearer in the organisation.
Basic Freemasonry consists of three degrees:
• Entered Apprentice
• Fellow Craft
• Master Mason
After completion of these degrees members are eligible to join the Holy Royal Arch.
There are other Degrees of interest which a Freemason can explore as he progresses.
It varies from Lodge to Lodge. Anyone wishing to join will find a Lodge in Jersey to suit his pocket.
There is an initiation fee on entry and in due course regalia will have to be purchased. There is also an annual subscription to the Lodge.
Freemasons are invited to give to charity at each meeting but this should always be within their means and it is entirely up to the individual how much they wish to contribute.
Freemasons in Jersey receive communications from head office showing a range of events and social activities that Freemasons and their family can get involved in.
The Province of Jersey has its own social media page on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to keep members and the public up to date with news and events.
The Province of Jersey has active Golfing and Clay Pigeon Shooting Societies. Lodges will also have their own social events such as summer BBQ’s, Ladies Nights, quiz evenings or white table events where Freemasons invite friends and family to the lodge to enjoy the Festive Board once the meeting has finished.
This is a very popular question and one that can be answered with ease…. Yes!
The Order of Women Freemasons is the oldest and largest Masonic organisation for women founded in 1908.
The second is Freemasonry for Women, founded in 1913 as The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons, is a masonic fraternity for women.
United Grand Lodge of England have produced an article about women’s Freemasonry which you can read here.