For many years Freemasonry has been inward looking and as we have gone about our business helping people to develop their minds, their social skills and their friendships, we have left the sceptics to form their own opinion of what it is we do.
This has led to imaginations running wild, especially online, and a picture of oddly dressed men drinking blood from skulls and sacrificing goats can be the first thing that pops into someone’s head when asked about Freemasonry.
This could not be further from the truth.
Yes, we do wear regalia that has evolved from the ancient stonemasons’ aprons, who were an integral part of building our history with the development of our great Cities, Churches and Cathedrals.
We do perform ritual in the form of four short plays, these tell a story and follow the development of a new mason through the three degrees of Craft Masonry and the final step into the Royal Arch.
Learning our ritual is an important part of developing our member’s minds, as in it contains lessons and morals that can be transferred to our everyday lives, another part of making good men better.
So a society of men who pride themselves on being upright members of the community, morally strong with a keen desire to improve their minds, their social network and make a difference……. not a goat in sight!
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”