The Lodge of the Morning Star No.5428

Becoming a Freemason

Thank you for expressing an interest in Freemasonry by seeking out this information. To become a Freemason you must meet certain qualifications to be accepted by a Lodge. 

Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of “making good men better”. Only individuals believed to be of good character are favourably considered for membership. Applicants are usually at least twenty-one years of age, although dispensation may be applied for in respect of younger candidates.

There is a popular misconception that to become a Mason one needs to be invited to join. In fact the reverse is true – a longstanding convention within Freemasonry is that it is the potential candidate who should do the asking! Some lodges have the phrase “To be one, ask one”. If you know a friend or neighbour who is a Mason and you are interested in Freemasonry, just ask him. He will be delighted to talk with you as all Masons are proud to be members of their own Lodge.

 Our Lodge has a broad range of members, with a wide range of interesting backgrounds and professions.

Our Lodge prides itself on the support mechanisms that have been established in order for every member to obtain the most in his Masonic career. This support begins before a man is able to even join the Lodge. Prospective members are invited to social events, open days, and Wardens’ nights. This gives them an opportunity to begin to have an understanding of Freemasonry, what it stands for, the commitments that are expected, and meet some of the Brethren informally to answer their questions.

If then you wish to join, your name will be put before the Lodge committee (of perhaps two or three members) who will talk to you to ascertain your views and that you believe in God or a Supreme Being (Atheism and Freemasonry are incompatible). The committee will report its recommendation back to the Lodge. A vote will be taken and, if found acceptable, you will be on your way to being a fully fledged Mason and you will have joined the oldest fraternity in the world.

Those who wish to find out more about The Lodge of The Morning Star or are interested in joining the Lodge can contact us by completing the "Contact Us" form on this website.


We have set out below some of the most common "Frequently Asked Questions":


WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

Freemasonry offers its members an approach to life which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. 

 

WHY DO PEOPLE JOIN AND REMAIN MEMBERS?

People become Freemasons for a variety of reasons, some as the result of family tradition, others upon the introduction of a friend or out of a curiosity to know what it is all about. Those who become active members and who grow in Freemasonry do so principally because they enjoy it. They enjoy the challenges and fellowship that Freemasonry offers.

 

WHO CAN JOIN? 

Membership is open to men of all faiths who are law-abiding, of good character and who acknowledge a belief in a God (Supreme Being). Freemasonry is a multi-racial and multi-cultural organisation. It has attracted men of goodwill from all sectors of the community into membership. There are similar Masonic organisations for women.

  

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A FREEMASON?

People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It’s actually straightforward. The essential qualification for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being. It is usual for candidates to be “mature men of 21 years and over”, but younger candidates may be admitted with the approval of Provincial Grand Lodge. 

 

HOW DOES FREEMASONRY RELATE TO RELIGION?

 Freemasonry has no theology, and no particular faith. A belief in a "Supreme Being" is an essential requirement for membership, but our “Volume of the Sacred Law”, which is usually a Bible in our Lodge, could just as easily be the Koran, Torah, Granth Sahib, or Bhagavad Gita. 

 

WHAT ARE FREEMASONRY’S SECRETS?

Like many societies, our ordinary lodge meetings are open to members only. Our "secrets" relate to traditional modes of recognition between Freemasons. Our constitution and rules are freely obtainable from Grand Lodge. There is little else that any Freemason would not be happy to discuss.