Historic Mission Church

  Located in the eastern end of Mackinac Island’s historic downtown, Mission Church is Michigan’s oldest surviving church building. Built in 1829, it is one of the earliest examples of a New England Style church in the Midwest. Now serving as a museum, visitors can walk up and down the aisles of this beautiful church from the past.

  In 1823 Reverend William Ferry and his wife Amanda, missionaries with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission, established a Protestant mission on Mackinac Island. Their mission was to educate indigenous children from around the Great Lakes region.

  Ferry’s work sparked a religious renewal and desire to build a church for the congregation. Lumber cut on the mainland at Michael Dousman’s sawmill (now Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park) was transported to the island and construction of Mission Church was completed in 1829. Mission Church reflects the New England architectural heritage of the Ferrys. Many prominent island residents involved in the fur trade attended the church, including American Fur Company official Robert Stuart and Indian agent Henry Schoolcraft.

  Changes soon came to the island and the straits region. Attendance at the Mission Church declined due to the American Fur Company leaving the island and the mission closed its doors in the late 1830s. The church passed into private hands and was used for meetings, a theater for dramatic productions, and occasionally religious functions over the next sixty years. In 1874 parishioners of Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church worshipped there while their new church was under construction. Unfortunately, Mission Church did not receive proper attention and the building began to deteriorate by the 1890s.

  In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular summer destination for many people. Summer cottager Reverend Meade C. Williams led a successful effort to purchase and restore the building, which was Mackinac’s first historic restoration project. Mission Church reopened for religious services on July 25, 1895. In 1955 the church was transferred to the state of Michigan. Mackinac State Historic Parks continues to restore, maintain and interpret the church as a public museum.

  Today, couples can host their wedding ceremony at Mission Church, or any of the other sites offered by the Mackinac State Historic Parks. Wedding ceremonies are available for booking from early May through October. Imagine this simple and elegant church as your wedding venue on beautiful Mackinac Island in late spring, summer or early fall.

  More information on Mission Church, as well as the other wedding venues, can be found at www.mackinacparks.com/weddings.

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Mission Church Wedding

Located on Main Street in the eastern end of Mackinac Island’s historic downtown, Mission Church is Michigan’s oldest surviving church building. It is also the earliest surviving example of a New England Style church in the Midwest. Simple and elegant it was constructed by the island’s first Protestant congregation in 1830.

Schedule & Amenities

Weddings may be scheduled at Mission Church from early May through October. The church can be booked for a wedding from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. All wedding reservations include a 2-hour time block for decorating, ceremony, pictures, and clean-up. Rehearsals can also be scheduled the day before.

The church can accommodate up to 160 guests. The wedding party has access to the front room of the lower level, including a restroom, to prepare for the wedding. A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the ceremony.

Guidelines

— Mackinac State Historic Parks has no resident or affiliated clergyman. Couples married at any Mackinac State Historic Parks wedding venue must select a clergyman or public official to perform the ceremony.

— If floral arrangements or musicians are part of your wedding ceremony, they may arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to ceremony time.

— All decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Candles are prohibited within any building, except for a (1) unity candle.

— No fake, fabric or paper flower petals may be tossed outside. Only real flower petals will be permitted. No rice, birdseed or similar material may be scattered inside buildings or outside.

— It is the responsibility of the wedding party to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the ceremony. Otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by park staff one hour after. We are unable to store any items before or after the scheduled date.

— Electricity is available in the church, but accessibility to the outlet is limited. There are no electrical lights within the church.

— The antique organ is part of MSHP historical object collection and under no circumstances can be played. However, the 2005 keyboard organ may be played.

— To enter the main floor, guests will need to go up a flight of stairs. There is no ramp or elevator available to guests.

— There is a dressing room and restroom in the refinished basement of the church. The entrance to the basement is located on the left side of the building. There is no paved path from the sidewalk to the meeting room. Guests will need to go down one step when entering the refinished basement.

Fee

$1,000 (Friday-Saturday) $800 (Sunday-Thursday)

Refund Policy

— $400 is non-refundable under any circumstances.

— Cancellation received in writing 61 days or more prior to reserved date – $600 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $400 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.

— Cancellation received in writing 60-31 days prior to reserved dates – $300 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $200 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.

— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.

Application

Historic Mission Church Wedding Application PDF

Contact

If you wish to view Mission Church, please call to schedule a visit. The church is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Cassondra Boothroyd
(231) 436-4100
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

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