Total Solar Eclipse and Outdoor School

June 11, 2024

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma students had a first-hand experience viewing a total solar eclipse in the southeastern corner of the state on April 8. The Antlers Seventh-day Adventist Church was in the path of totality, and church members opened the campus for schools to come and spend the morning there to wait for the eclipse. Several schools arrived at the church by 10 a.m. even though the eclipse was not until 1:45 p.m. It was a wonderful time leading up to the eclipse, with students from different schools playing games and socializing with each other. When the eclipse was fully in view and only Bailey’s beads of the sun were visible, there was a loud cheer of awe and excitement from the group. It was amazing to witness. The eclipse was amazing, as was witnessing God’s perfect power in creation. No other planet-moon combination in our solar system works in this perfect alignment to produce such a scene full of amazement and wonder. 

On April 10-12, fifth and sixth-grade students enjoyed Outdoor School at Wewoka Woods Adventist Center. Youth director Israel Mora presented impactful messages about lessons to learn from the life of Jonah. The students were very engaged with the stories and lessons he presented. They were able to learn how to make catapults from logs, program Lego robots and understand how math is seen and is important in nature. They also had fun in a Bible-themed escape room. Outdoor School presented lessons from nature that taught of God’s order in His creation.

Through these two events, students learned more about God through the wonders of His creation. As Paul says in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” 

We love that our students get to learn about our God through the things He has made!

By Adam Littell

Education Director