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Welcome to Link Up’s page dedicated to the scene in Chester! This is a “page in progress” so do keep coming back for updates.

Video case-studies of Faith-based projects in Chester.  Take a look at these great clips profiling the work of the Panna Cage Football and the Night Church.

Panna cage football - CLICK HERE

Chester night church - CLICK HERE

You can see other Faith Sector projects from across West Cheshire on the "Faith in the Community" page.

Who are Link Up?

Link Up initially grew out of deepening relationships between Chester Church leaders throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Out of a growing partnership for purpose have emerged wider initiatives ranging from work in schools to healing rooms, fundays to football. Today Link Up serves Churches and Church leaders across West Cheshire and now recognises emerging connections of Churches, Church leaders and ministries within the former Vale Royal Borough area and into East Cheshire.

Through relationship and partnership we can see our communities and region impacted by the transforming love and power of God. We believe in partnership without ownership, and so Link Up exists to support local churches and ministries as we seek to reach people and demonstrate God’s love in action.

In 2002, the Link Up Trust was founded and Andy Glover, Team Leader at Hoole Baptist Church, was recognised as bringing leadership to the Link Up network.  More recently, growth in Church and community engagement across the region has led to new events in Mid-Cheshire seeking to facilitate church and youth leaders, prayer and ministries and strategic engagement with the wider community.

We achieve this by relating together, walking together and working together.

Relating together:

Monthly prayer breakfasts: The foundation of our relational network and most people’s first point of contact. Contact the Link Up Office for dates

Annual leaders’ retreats: Each autumn, leaders and senior leadership teams take 24 hours out for valuable time away to pray, talk, eat and reflect. 

OUR NEXT LEADERS' RETREAT is 26 to 27 November 2019
For more information and to book please contact 


Walking together:

Christian Leader Support (CLS) groups: are small groups in which leaders can talk, share and pray together in a safe and confidential setting.  With groups across West Cheshire, we encourage just one leader from any one congregation to go to a group - with several churches populating several groups! It was great to welcome more new faces at the start of 2014 and please make contact of you're a leader and would like to know more. For further information about CLS groups, click here.

Leaders’ support networks: for children’s workers, employed youth leaders and student work at Chester University.
Facilitating prayer: networking prayer through @the Throne prayer gatherings to seasons of 24/7 prayer.
Day conferences: inviting strategic figures into the region for training, information, inspiration and networking.

Working together:

Networking joint projects: between Churches, charities and service providers across the region.
Community engagement: engaging with local partners to serve and support our local communities.
Faith in the Community: Link Up and Cheshire West and Chester Council jointly fund a 3-year project to map and connect faith projects across West Cheshire.  This is both within the Faith sector itself, but also to the Local Authority and other community agencies.  You'll find more details and a full report on the "Faith in the Community" page of our website.Congregations and Church leaders participate to differing levels from simply attending prayer breakfasts through financial support to partnering on a range of projects.

Key Link Up contacts in Chester:

Andy Glover: Core Team    Tel: 01244 312037
Hazel Gilbert: Administrator       Tel: 01244 312037
Standing in the Gap Project        Tel: 01244 312037