Bedrocks for setting up classes or a café


A practical seminar on starting your own classes or iCaf.


Excited about the thought of starting your own classes or iCaf but don’t know where to begin? Then this seminar is for you!

Come along and join the 2:19 team as they share guidelines and practicalities from their own experience of running conversational classes and cafe initiatives, and offer advice and suggestions to help you get started. This will cover topics such as:

  • How do I begin?
  • How do I get my church behind me?
  • What is the difference between an iCaf and a class – which is right for me?
  • Where do I get my resources from?

and many more. There will be time for questions at the end.

  • Natasha Burt

    Natasha lives and works in Croydon, where five years ago she set up Selam English Classes for women, based at two local churches. She particularly enjoys the privilege of working amongst internationals, having lived and worked abroad at different points in her life. Natasha studied French and Spanish at university and has had opportunities to use both languages over the years, working for the American Red Cross as a Spanish-speaker whilst living in Boston, and as a French teacher, whilst living in Ethiopia. She is married to Pete and has three teenage children. She loves to read, watch films, and spend time with friends from around the world.

  • Marina Swainston-Harrison

    Marina joined the 2:19 team in April 2017. She is based near Reading with her husband Grant and their 3 sons. Marina is our Lead Specialist for church-based ESL provision and is responsible for co-ordination, support and development of ESL conversation classes and iCaf initiatives run out of UK local churches. Originally from South Africa with a culturally mixed heritage, she brings with her a deep love for foreign languages and peoples as well as her experience in teaching English and Spanish. She believes that as we build relationships, people will be drawn to Jesus in us. Marina teaches at and helps manage one of 2:19’s Bridges English classes as well as the International café where all her men help out too! She loves reading, baking, walking with the family and most of all having coffee with her husband.

  • Maura Baldwin

    Maura, together with her children and her husband David, worked in Ethiopia with Serving In Mission for 11 years. On their return to Reading in 2007 they had the privilege of setting up an international outreach project from Carey Baptist Church with the aim of serving the local community.
    They rejoined Serving in Mission in 2012 to develop two:nineteen, a project supporting and equipping local churches to meet the needs of their international communities while also looking at cultural/biblical issues within the church.
    They love the diversity and richness that multicultural Reading offers and the opportunities they have to share their faith.

    Maura loves family holidays, fast cars and hot tubs in the snow!