FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions …

An approach to life – Your questions answered:
We believe that it would be helpful for you to first understand ‘Our Principles and Aims as Freemasons’, as you will no doubt have many questions that you would like answering. To the best of our ability we will answer your questions, but first:
'Our Principles and Aims as Freemasons’

To promote peace and good order in society in general, Masonic Organisations and in particular, Beacon Lodge and all its members and their families.

To be most benevolent in our charitable aims and aspirations, both within Masonry and society in general.

To give comfort and support to those members of our society that may be suffering through adverse circumstances whatever they may be.

To promote a sense of well-being and happiness throughout the Lodge by having good social interaction. Never to be remiss in the allegiance due to the Sovereign of our country and to pay due obedience to the Laws of our State.

To promote good citizenship and tolerance between people. We are encouraged to do our duty first to God (by whatever name he is known), through our faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to our families and those dependent on us, to our neighbours through charity and service.

Frequently Asked Questions – We have received many questions from people in our communities and to answer these, our Provincial Grand Lodge has compiled a list of FAQs which may be of interest to you, so please visit their Website: www.pgl-york.org
In the event that you cannot find the answers to your specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact us we will do our very best to answer them.

What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about friendship and meeting people. You will meet new people in your own Lodge and visitors from other Lodges. You may also enjoy visits to many other Lodges and see the differences in the way things are done. Our members come from many different walks of life and you will find Freemasonry a great leveler. Your social or work standing does not have any bearing on progression through the ranks of Freemasonry.

Freemasons raise substantial amounts of money for charitable purposes and other good causes. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. We are collectively second only to the National Lottery in terms of charitable donations. Large sums of money are given to national, international and local charities.

It is also a good and very absorbing hobby. There is a cost to join and maintain this membership, but the benefits have been said by many members as beyond financial value.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. There are Freemason’s Lodges in every corner of the world. The United Grand Lodge of England, UGLE, administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.