What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a much misunderstood organisation. Historically, it’s one the oldest non-religious, non-political fraternal organisations for men in the world.
“WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE WITH THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF TALENT, IT’S VITAL THAT YOU GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF THEIR LIVES.”
If you asked a Freemason about Freemasonry you’ll soon discover that Freemasonry means different things to different people. The golden thread that runs through Freemasonry is that it is good people meeting together, enjoying each others company and raising vast sums of money for charities and good causes. Freemasonry has always been concerned with the welfare of orphans and the elderly.
The prime aspects of Freemasonry is that it teaches it’s members a great deal of self realisation and confidence by taking an active part in ceremonies and Lodge meetings. It also reinforces the strict moral code that all Freemasons are expected to have. We stand tall and confident in what we do, both in life and Freemasonry knowing that we are doing our best both by our our fellow members and society in general.
“FREEMASONRY HAS HELPED BUILD MY CONFIDENCE, ENABLING ME TO TACKLE CHALLENGES I USED TO SHY AWAY FROM.”
There is the old adage that Freemasonry will take a good man and make him better. As a society Freemasonry is made up of men who greatly prize their moral and spiritual values in life. The core of Freemasonry can be best identified by the virtues of integrity, honesty, kindness and fairness; all of which our members are encouraged to not only practice but promote.
Right from its earliest beginnings Freemasonry has had a strong charitable foundation, showing great concern for orphans, the sick and the elderly. This work continues today in earnest as well as large sums being donated to national and local charities. However, you will not see your local Freemason’s Lodge rattling charity tins outside your supermarket as we prefer a more discrete way of fundraising and making donations. The charity work is not about self promotion but purely driven by the sincere desire to help those around us who have not been as fortunate in life and need our support.
Becoming a Freemason means that you are joining a global society that takes its social obligations seriously. It’s not just about meeting up a few times a year and having a good time, although we do have a lot of fun. It is about giving something back to the society within which we all live. Understanding that there are plenty of people less fortunate than ourselves and doing the best that we can in making their lives better.
What to do now?
At King Edward The 7th Lodge, we see ourselves as being a progressive and friendly body of men who enjoy talking to people about Freemasonry and explaining why we enjoy it so much.
There is a common misconception that you have to be invited to join Freemasonry by another Freemason, but this is just not the case. We welcome enquires and membership requests from men who have previously had no direct contact with Freemasonry and have a general interest in the work that we do along with wanting to be a part of a wonderful and global society.
If you have an interest in Freemasonry in Manchester and would like to speak to one of our members we would be more that happy to make arrangements and accommodate you. The first thing to do is send us a confidential email with your contact details and a short message so that we can organise a meeting and talk things through with you. All of us at King Edward The 7th Lodge found that talking through Freemasonry with a member was a great help in making the decision to join. There is no pressure to join us and we would hope that you took the time to meet other members of the Lodge, join us at a dinner and see for yourself what Freemasonry is all about.
Getting in contact with us could not be simpler, send us a confidential email by clicking here and we will do our best to get back to you within one working day.