The church of St. James is attached to a benefice belonging to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mdina.
The original church of St. James, within limits of Żebbuġ, dates back to 1430 (i.e. before the Rollo of Bishop Senatore de Mello of 1436). However it fell into disrepair and was rebuilt during 1674.
St. James is now used as a place of worship by the Coptic Christian community in Malta.
From the Church of St. James we continue walking down Triq 12 ta’ Mejju, past a niche of St. Philip of Agira, into Triq il-Kbira, encountering the Church of the Annunciation.