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 service “Joys and Sorrows”
  • Visit the ill at home or in hospital
  • Provide a compassionate heart for persons in grief, in transition, or under stress
  • Facilitate practical support, such as transportation and meals, 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.