We Need A Friend

Christian children’s video using finger puppets to tell how Jesus befriended despised tax collectors who knew they needed to be saved.

Ministry use licence


Jesus came to bring in those who feel left out

Faith in Kids has released a series of 8 lessons ideal for family Bible times journeying through Matthew's Gospel to see we need Jesus. This video and accompanying resource, which is lesson 7 of 8 teaches us that we need a friend.

This video tells the story of how Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow Him, using finger puppets. Matthew did not have many friends, because he took people's money and gave it to the enemy or kept it for himself. He was very unpopular, yet Jesus, who was extremely popular, spoke to him! Jesus asked him to follow him, even though Jesus knew what Matthew had done. Matthew chose to follow Jesus and invited Him home for dinner with other tax collectors and sinners. Some people disapproved of Jesus spending time with such a bad crowd, but Jesus explained that he came to save those who know they were sinful and need help. Jesus brings them in and makes them His friends. We need a friend like Jesus, and we need to respond by being a friend like Jesus to others.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • How does his generous welcome of you change the way you think about and act towards people who some view as failures?
  • Are you amazed and delighted that Jesus welcomes you, or should he be delighted to have you on his guest list?

Related Bible Reference

  • Matthew 9:9-13



Produced by Faith In Kids

Faith in Kids supports churches and parents so that children can engage with Jesus Christ and respond to him, having their hearts and minds captured by Christ’s words. They resource, equip and support those who oversee the children’s ministry in their local church as well as also encouraging and equip parents to open the Bible and speak about faith in Christ with their children at home.

Licence Agreement

Ministry use licence

By purchasing this video, you are purchasing a license to use and show this video as part of your ministry in ONE church.

You are granted permission to use the video in:

1) Offline services, school assemblies or lessons, groups or at events (including youth, kids and midweek groups and events)

2) Online services or assemblies that are streamed or pre-recorded. (For online services, the content video you have purchased should be part of a complete church service which must be at least 20 minutes long.)

3) Online small groups meeting over Zoom or a similar video call platforms.

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