National Electricity Day brings attention to electricity. We thank God for its discovery and for its availability, which is so vital to our everyday life. This program features ways to maintain its use in the years to come. Break up this program in two sections Old Spark and New Spark.
Old Spark — Program Ideas
Show short videos of electricity’s history. Following are some websites:
- The Discovery of Electricity: Brief History of Electricity — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OesCNKaqc8o
- Why Did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant? (A Brief History of Electricity) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apjVqtmb4Dw
- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity — Jim Al-Khalili BBC Horizon — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtp51eZkwoI
- History of Electricity—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p5WXzrYYiI
Using the following website create a true and false game about electricity:
Do some science experiments from:
New Spark — Program Ideas
Ask one of the women to research Green Energy and share her findings with the women. She will want to cover the following subjects:
- Solar Power
- Wind Power
- Geothermal Power
Print pictures of solar panels, windmills, dams, thermoelectric tubes, anything to do with electricity. Scatter the pictures around the room. Read a descriptive statement describing the pictures. The first person to bring the right picture to the front of the room wins a prize. The following is an example of a descriptive statement: “I stand tall in the sky with arms reaching out. I was born in Scotland in 1887. I produce 40% of the energy in Denmark. Who am I?” Answer: Wind power/Windmill
Our Source of Light
Read Psalm 77.
How many of us are really connected to the Lord as our source of life? At a recent family gathering of over 25 people, I saw a collection of people of different ages and in different stages of life. Some were young parents, some young adults, some were looking for jobs, some were parents of teens and some were adults approaching retirement. No matter what was going on in their life, each was connected to a different source to provide life to them every day. Some of these sources included relationships, hobbies, work and family. Unfortunately, all of those are temporary and fleeting and therefore cannot be sustained.
In reading Psalm 77, I am reminded that we serve a God who is not temporary. Psalm 77:14–20 states, “You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate Your awesome power among the nations. By Your strong arm, You redeemed Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. When the Red Sea saw You, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road led through the sea, Your pathway through the mighty water a pathway no one knew was there! You led Your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.”
It is natural to plug ourselves into a good cup of coffee to get a jolt, to experience an emotional high from a great day with family, or to feel overwhelmingly satisfied with ourselves from a job well done. When we don’t have these energizing experiences, do we seek God for an encounter of His presence to send a bolt of life energy to our souls? Why not maintain a steady flow of that same life energy so that we are not left without? 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. ”So many people struggle to maintain happiness, satisfaction and joy with life. But because they seek it from the wrong source, it never satisfies.
As is true of electricity, we need a source. Our world looks to wind, water, and sun for new sources to maintain the demand for more and more electricity. We have to become innovative and creative to find that new source. People do the same thing in life. They go searching for new, innovative and creative ways for a source of life energy. Some finally return to God as the source and say with the Psalmist, “But then I recall all You have done, O Lord; I remember Your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about Your mighty works.O God, Your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as You?” (Psalm 77:11—13). What rejoicing in heaven when we acknowledge that God’s ways are holy and mighty, and there is no other source of life but Him.