Click on each heading to see photo albums and/or videos from each event.
They are organized from Oldest to Newest.
Teen Nights are hosted every Wednesday at 6:00pm. Be sure to check this photo album often; it's ongoing!
We usually open up with a challenge game with prizes, do some announcements, then roll straight into some crazy activities. Pastor Cris gives the message of the evening; inviting students to answer questions, give feedback, and throw in their own two cents of Christian advice. Following the service we have prayer and worship time. Afterward, we meet in the Wreck Room (it's literally a wreck right now because it's under construction) and have food and drinks from the concession stand.
One of the first steps to building The Fuse Box included a major demolition day. We removed drop ceilings everywhere, pulled down walls, bagged up insulation, and painted like there was no tomorrow. Lincoln Stevens came out and used a sprayer to paint the ceiling, while the students hand painted all the ceiling rafters, walls, and trim. It took a while, but the outcome was fantastic.
We want to thank The IPCC National Youth Department and Harbor Light for coming out to help in our madness.
The Free Spirits Drama team spent a week in Virginia Beach with us! On Saturday, we held Messy Day; an extreme display of ketchup karnage and mustard mayhem.
We opened up with cracking eggs on each other's heads in a twisted version of Duck-Duck-Goose. Later, we had activities such as Ketchup Mustard War, Watermelon Vegetable Oil Wrestling, Oatmeal Wrestling, Shampoo Slip-n-Sliding, and finished with a Messy Obstacle Course. The course contained a french fry field, a ramen noodle pool, a chocolate sundae course, and finished with a pancake batter slide.
The first band to play within our newly found Fuse Box space was Project 814. We had a large crowd out for their premiere concert as the band delivered hard hitting original music and covers by bands such as Fly Leaf.
A guitar was raffled off as a fundraiser for The Fuse Box, with the winner bring Brittany Copeland from North Carolina. We had a great time with visiting youth groups from out of town.
The Fuse Box rang in the New Year with style. We partied like it was... well, 2010. A concert was given by Project 814.
Led by Melissa Probelski, Michael Reyes, and Nancy Terry (since Pastor Cris and Charlene went home for the holidays), the teens took part in strange activities involving bananas and other things of that nature.
Hailed to be the best theatrical event to date, the Japanese Game Show, The Super Robotic Kitty Castle Show was an event like no other. With lines similar to a miss-printed fortune cookie, "We be of hadding teh much fun at the show!!"
To exercise our deep appreciation and love of Asian culture, our space was designed as a let-loose, crazy Japanese game show; complete with a giant robot, castle, and an 8ft tall lucky kitty. Our host Kiko (played by Charlene Foster) had random Godzilla and Giant Rubber Duck love story sightings out the window, Shampoo Police raids, Wheel of Fun spins, confusing interviews, and nonsensical songs dotted throughout the surreal event. Teens took part in games such as the Marshmallow Wall, Sumo Wrestling, Monkey Fights over a Banana Pit, Lasso Duels over a the Pool of Goo, and a Super Maximum Extreme Obstacle course.
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On our way to camp, our voted theme was Cowboys and Indians. We all dressed up in our best wild west gear and saddled up for the 14 hour trail ahead of us.
We had lasso practice in a Wendy's parking lot and blared Rawhide, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke music out the external bus speaker. A rootin' tootin' good time was had by all! Be sure to check out the photos to see everyone's outfits!
Teen Camp of 2010 was fantastic! We met Nathan Crawford and his band for worship, while speaking was done by Cornell Jordan. Our teens took part in tons of activities throughout the week as they learned more about God's word in the evening services. It was great seeing our friends from all over the nation gathered together.
The Fuse Box created crazy film parodies, poking fun at Twilight and Ke$ha. Click the link to check them out!
Each year we host our annual Fall Party. Not that we're celebrating Halloween in a youth group setting; it just happens by accident that we decide to dress up in costumes and carve pumpkins around the same time of Halloween ;)
The evening was linked together by an ongoing stage skit. Pastor Cris was ready at his stage propped house door with a bowl full of candy for all the childrens, but nobody but random people kept appearing! People such as a door-to-door saleswoman, a trucker with a flat, a meals-on-wheels girl, and a special surprise at the end. One time we turned the knob, only to find smashed eggs running down the door. Each guest to the house presented a different themed activity for the audience to partake in. It was a crazy night full of laughs, competitions, games, activities, and food. Since Cris didn't have any kid's appear at his door, the winning team got all the candy!
Each year, as far back as the youth group can imagine, we've been holding our annual Ghetto Gift Swap. At the ghetto gift swap, everyone brings in something old, used, or abused, and wraps it up in newspaper, trash bags, or old boxes covered in duct tape. When a number was called, that person would come up to our 10ft ghetto tree and have the choice of taking someone's gift who went before them, or opening a new one. Items given included a roll of toilet paper, a strange statue from Ricki's house, and a barney doll with the eyes ripped out.
To push our ghettoness further, we started the first annual Ghetto Christmas Caroling Bus. We decorated our ugly bus in thousands of twinkling lights and hit the streets of Virginia Beach, caroling and delivering homemade cookie trays to our parents all over the city.
We hosted the IPCC Mid-Eastern Youth Retreat. It was a blast as the Fusies joined together with our youth groupie friends from Mann's Harbor and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Each of the respective youth groups had a representative leading devotionals over the weekend. Friday evening we hosted Deep Fry Friday, where we deep fried everything imaginable; candy bars, pickles, vegetables, hot dogs, shrimp, cookies, etc. We also held activities, including a full scale man hunt in Lynnhaven Mall, Midnight Ninja Training, and an Outreach session to our local community. In the evening, Mona J appeared in concert for the first time in The Fuse Box. It was an awesome hang out time to grow closer to the Lord, and to each other.
At The Fuse Box, we have an uncanny addiction to doing strange things. Every year on our way to camp we have a theme to keep us entertained for the 14 hour duration. This year's voted theme was UFOs and Aliens.
We dressed as scientists and sci-fi geeks on our way to a UFO convention in London, Ohio. Along the way (in our decorated bus which streamed X-files music out the external bus speaker) we made tin foil hats for any friends that we made. Lots of dropped jaws and car honks were generated that day.
We took part in the groundbreaking IPCC Teen Camp; SHINE. Under the masterful direction of Derek and Jessica Taylor, teen camp reached new heights of achievement with the help of staff from around the nation. New elements at camp included the addition of Hardcore Camp; an intense discipleship training program for a select number of students that pushed the limits of teens, growing their faith.
Fuse Box Ministries also contributed by premiering the IPCC's first large scale, Broadway style play. Through actors, creepy puppets, setting, lighting, and prose, teens were able to visualize themselves in the created dreamworld where characters interacted with the darkness, the light, and each other. No heart went unchanged at Teen Camp.
JaeTech Studios began a series called Sound Stories; a new television program aiming to seek out and jump start Christian music artists. They chose Mona J to be their featured artist for the pilot episode of the series. When asked which venue would be the best to film at, Mona J immediately thought about us at The Fuse Box.
Three cameras were on location filming every angle of the concert that featured newly premiered music by Mona J and the Go In Crew. Mona J also took time to do a Q&A session with the audience about things that the Lord has been speaking into her life through her music career. The filming was a success, and we can't wait to feature a link to the final edited project.
Matthew, Aaron, and Michael helped host this Lock In at The Fuse Box to raise money for their King's Commission Tuition. We had a great time with activities and games all evening, with a short devotional presented by each of the guys.
Our main attraction of the evening started at 2am, when we boarded our "plane" and traveled to Hawaii, London, and Tokyo (we like to play pretend on a mass theatrical scale). Halea was our flight attendant and served drinks. We met a surfer in Hawaii just before the volcano exploded, prompting the floor to turn into lava. The plane then took us to London, where we sat in a dark hotel with a classic "who done it?" setting, just before being chased by Mr. Hyde through the streets of London. On our way back home, the plane crashed (Halea passed out pool noodles for a water landing, but ultimately jumped out with her parachute). Luckily, the plane safely landed in Tokyo outside of Kiko's house; the star from the Super Robotic Kitty Castle Show! She was in the middle of taping her new talk show and needed our participation. She said goodbye and mentioned that we very well might see her again someday as we walked back to America. Does none of this seem to make sense? Then you should have been there!
The Fall Party was the place to be to kick off the holiday season! We had tons of activities, strange costumes, food, a full scale stage set, characters, and a strange storyline linking the evening. We kept waiting for kids to come to our door for candy, but it kept being random people; a tourist, a truck driver, a door-to-door saleswoman, and even Kiko and Dog! It ends up no one kids were coming for candy because there was a massive zombie outbreak, so we barricaded all the doors except one; sorry Andrew, R.I.P.
We locked the Saleswoman in the bathroom because we thought she could have been a Chickfila milkshake zombie, but it ends up it was caused by a rare virus from Japan that can only be spread by dogs... Kiko!!! All was okay in the end as the truck driver saved the saleswoman from a fate worse than death (undeadness) with a jar of Nutella; it's great for everything!
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The Fuse Box had a slamming Christmas season full of events and surprises! We started the season off with two parades; one at Town Center and the other at the Oceanfront! We were seen with our light up Ghetto Christmas Bus (complete with live rock band inside) on local television networks. It was a great time where we were able to pass out over 3,000 cards to advertise The Fuse Box!
Later on in the season we held our annual Ghetto Gift Swap with special guest stars; Santa and Mrs. Claus!! They helped us pass out presents as names were drawn. Later on that evening, Mrs. Claus was our guest speaker. She sang songs and gave a message about following Christ at Christmas.
It was an awesome time of balancing, swinging, and clinging for dear life; 40-50 feet in the air! The instructors linked all the elements into our daily Christian walk with awesome discussions afterward. We truly believe that we all learned something about ourselves; our fears, our struggles, our confidence, our limitations, and our level of trust in God and each other.
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