How do I Join?

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How do I become a Freemason in Hope Lodge?

Freemasonry is a progressive science ...

... you begin your Masonic journey as an Entered Apprentice.

Is it difficult to become a Freemason in Hope Lodge?

No. The fact that you are reading this page is a clear indication of your curiosity about Freemasonry.

The obvious method is to approach a friend or relative who you know to be a Freemason in Hope Lodge and ask him about joining. All Freemasons are encouraged to assist potential Candidates in their pursuit of Freemasonry once that person has voiced an interest - but YOU have to make the first move by asking a question!

Alternatively, you should contact us at Hope Lodge directly via our 'How To Contact Us' page and we will discuss with you the process of joining our Lodge. We look forward to hearing from you.

Am I eligible to join Hope Lodge?

As quoted on the United Grand Lodge of England website:
"Any man over the age of 18 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion although he is expected to have a faith. Students over 18 can join one of 73 Universities Scheme Lodges." So there is a need for you to acknowledge and sustain a belief in a Supreme Being.

Do I have to take an oath?

Yes. You are required to make solemn promises concerning the following:

  • your behaviour in the Lodge and in the wider community
  • keeping confidential the manner in which Freemasons recognise each other
  • supporting others in time of need but only as far as does not conflict with your own obligations

And after I've become a Freemason?

Basic Freemasonry is a progressive science and you begin your Masonic journey as an 'Entered Apprentice' followed by the rank of 'Fellow Craft' and then 'Master Mason', these are known as the Three Degrees. Only a Master Mason can then progress further and become the Worshipful Master of a Lodge. Although you will be expected to progress through the Three Degrees, there is no expectation on you to become the Master of a Lodge if you don't wish to.