Accotink has been consistently known as a “caring” church, because members regularly minister to one another in myriad ways.

The minister, of course, has a formal role in providing pastoral care to Church members and friends, and he has selected a Pastoral Care Team to extend his efforts. Team members …

  • Reach out following Sunday “Joys and Concerns”
  • Visit the ill at home or in hospital
  • Provide a compassionate heart for persons in grief, in transition, or under stress
  • Facilitate practical support through the Circle of Caring
  • Sponsor occasional workshops for the congregation

The Pastoral Care Team comprises several Accotink members who …

  • Meet regularly with the minister for communication and mutual support
  • Attend training sessions, often with similar teams from other churches
  • Appreciate the value of “deep listening”, silently lending an ear to another’s concerns
  • Have access to information about a wide variety of community resources

Persons may contact the Pastoral Care Team – a member is “on call” at all times – by simply …

  • Telephoning the Church office ( 703/503-4579 ) and requesting that the office assistant or the recorded prompt make the connection to the “Pastoral Care Team”, a confidential voice mailbox or
  • Sending an e-mail message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , a confidential e-mailbox.

The Pastoral Care Team member on call checks both the confidential voice mail and e-mail at least once every 24 hours.


Image of the AUUC Pastoral Care Team

Pastoral Care Team

(Left to right) Dick Foster, Rev. Scott, JoAnn Flanagan, Kate Wanderer, Kitty Riordan (Coordinator), and Pam Cox. Not pictured- Paulette Lichtman-Panzer