Lodge of Eccleshill,Faith and Fraternity No.1034

Joining our Lodge

The Requirements to Join a Freemason Lodge

In order to become a Freemason, you need some basic qualifications (specific qualifications vary from one lodge to the next, but some general rules apply). But if you meet the Freemason criteria, you still have to go through a process, from petitioning to becoming a full member.

The qualifications to join a lodge vary from one jurisdiction to another, but some basic qualifications are common to all regular Masonic lodges:

  • You must believe in a Supreme Being. - Normally refered to as god(s) the term is very open as Freemasonry is open to people of all religions and faiths.

  • You must be joining of your own free will.

    Don’t let your dad, uncle, neighbor, or friend pressure you into joining. Join because you want to.

  • You must be a man.

  • You must be free-born.

    The term “free-born” is a holdover from the days when slavery, indentured servitude, and bonding were common. It means that a man must be his own master, and not be bound to another man. That’s not a problem these days, but the language is retained because of its antiquity and a desire to retain the heritage of the fraternity.

  • You must be of lawful age. the minumum age for UK lodges is 21  - unless you are the son of a Freemason  in which case you can join at 18.  There are a number of university lodges that also have a lower joining age.

  • You must come recommended by at least two existing Freemasons from the lodge you’re petitioning.

Masonry doesn’t care about your worldly wealth or social position. Both the bank’s president and the bank’s janitor can apply for membership, and they’re considered equally qualified.

You’ll be asked other important questions down the road, before you’re allowed to join a lodge:

  • Are you unbiased by friends and uninfluenced by any mercenary motives? Don’t apply for membership if you think you’ll be using your membership card to get out of a speeding ticket or to network for your business.

  • Do you have a favorable opinion of Freemasonry? You should have a desire for knowledge and a sincere wish to be of service to mankind.

  • Do you agree to follow the rules? Nothing especially scary here. Health clubs and city parks have the same requirement.

If you are interested in joining our lodge please let us know by using the contact page on this web site.