J. Wendell Fargis Lodge No. 356 F&AM
2130 Florida Blvd. Neptune Beach, FL 32266
What is Freemasonry?
Who becomes a Mason?
J. Wendell Fargis Masonic Lodge
The Masonic Blue Lodge is located just East of Jacksonville, FL in Neptune Beach on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the West.
Our Address is 2130 Florida Blvd. Neptune Beach Florida 32266
The Lodge Secretary Arthur W. Barfield can be reached by Phone: (904) 246-6530
Lodge Hours: The Lodge will be open for phone calls and visitations Monday - Friday 9AM till Noon.
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. 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 instils 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 and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Many Masons become Masons because a family member is, or was a Mason. Others become Masons because they have friends or co-worker who are Masons. Even with that it is difficult to learn about Masonry. Questions like what are the benefits of Masonry? What could being a Mason mean to me? Men who have belonged to things that seem larger than life, that have great purpose or have been part of a group that had a strong determination to accomplish something share a similar experience. It is a bond that is deeper than friendship and equally loyal. A Mason, can meet a Mason in any part of the world and be welcomed as if lifelong friends. This is because they are joined by a collective experience and a shared commitment to moral integrity. Men who meet regularly and share a Lodge find fellowship and a commonality of interest to be better men. This is the crux of Masonry, this deep determination to be a better man, a more meaningful part of society and a light to other men. The vehicle for this in Masonry is through the study of history and the use of metaphors in teaching great truths as well as in the discussion of principles of healthy and moral behavior. It is exemplified through the living examples of Brother Master Masons within and outside of a Lodge. Is Masonry for you? Listen deeply., what do you most want? Still have questions? Find a Mason and talk with him.
1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month
Dinner starts at 6:30pm. Join us for dinner and fellowship this is a great time to get to know the members of the lodge.
7:30pm The Lodge door closes for the stated meeting.
If your a member in good standing your welcome to join us in the lodge.
Sirish V. Potru
James R. Baade Jr.
Gregory C. Duncan
This is starting point for all men who wish to become Masons.
The Blue (Craft or Symbolic) Lodge confers the following degrees:
Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft,
and Master Mason
The 3rd Degree, that of the Master Mason, is the "highest" degree that can be given in all of Freemasonry.
In Florida a Master Mason can choose to further his Masonic education by continuing
on into The York Rite Bodies.
There are three York Rite bodies that can provide additional Masonic teachings through the conferring of additional degrees.
After the Blue Lodge, a Master Mason may receive further Masonic teachings through the Scottish Rite.
The Scottish Rite can confer an additional 30 degrees
to the Master Mason.